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Nationality: Syrian
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown

Aliases: Abu Abdallah al-Shami, Abu Mu'adh

Capture: Knost, Afghanistan, 2003

SSCI prisoner number: 71

Entered CIA custody: 1 August 2003 – 14 August 2003
Period of CIA custody: 270-279 days
Left CIA custody: 27 April 2004 – 19 May 2004

Detained: unknown location(s)

Current status: deceased, as of July 2008



Very little is known about Abdullah Ashami. It has been reported that he was captured by US forced in the Khost region of Afghanistan in 2003. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point 1-14 August 2003. According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for over 8 months (270-279 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 Ashami. No other information about his detention currently exists in the public domain.

Ashami would have been transferred out of CIA custody at some point between 27 April 2004 and 19 May 2004. His fate and whereabouts after this point are unknown. It is likely that he was sent at this point to US military custody at Bagram airbase. He was certainly held at Bagram at some point after CIA custody, as he was one of four men who escaped on 10 July 2005 (the others were also ex-CIA prisoners, Hassan Abu Bakr Qa’id, Umar Faruq and Muhammad al-Qahtani). It has been reported that he was killed during a US airstrike in Afghanistan in July 2003.



SSCI, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, 9 December 2014

Bill Roggio, Senior al-Qaeda Commander in Afghanistan Killed in US Airstrike, The Long War Journal, 31 July 2008


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