Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown
Capture: Iraq, February 2004
SSCI prisoner number: 103
Entered CIA custody: 12 March 2004
Period of CIA custody: 870-872 days
Left CIA custody: 30 July 2006 – 1 August 2006
Detained: Afghanistan (COBALT, other)
Current status: unknown
Very little is known about Abu ‘Abdallah. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 10 March 2004 and 19 April 2004. Khaled al-Maqtari has testified that, while he was in the CIA-run DETENTION SITE COBALT, a prisoner called Abu Abdallah al-Saudi arrived at the facility 6-8 weeks after he did, which would make it March-April 2004. According to al-Maqtari, Abdallah had been held in secret detention in Iraq, where he had been captured in February 2004. Flight data analysis has identified a flight between Iraq and Afghanistan on 12 March 2004, which matches with al-Maqtari’s testimony. Click here for our analysis of the flight data and documentation associated with Abu ‘Abdallah’s likely rendition from Iraq to Afghanistan.
According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for well over two years (870-872 days). The main body of the SSCI report provides no details about his detention or treatment although, prior to its investigation, the Senate Committee had been notified by the CIA that it had held ‘Abdallah. No other information about his detention currently exists in the public domain.
‘Abdallah would have been transferred out of CIA custody at some point between 28 July 2006 and 6 September 2006. If indeed he is the same person as al-Saudi, mentioned by al-Maqtari, he is likely to have been returned to his home country. Flight data analysis has identified a flight from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia between 29 July and 1 August 2006, by aircraft with registration N17D, which may well have transferred ‘Abdallah out of CIA custody. Click here for our analysis of the flight data and documentation associated with Abu ‘Abdallah’s likely rendition Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia.
‘Abdallah’s fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown.
SSCI, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, 9 December 2014