Date of birth: 30 January 1968
Place of birth: Sanaa, Yemen
Aliases: Abdul al Salam al Hilal, Abdul al Heela, Abd al-Salam Ali Abd al-Rahman, Abu Umar, Abd Salam al-Nuaman, Abdulsalam al-Hela
Capture: Cairo, Egypt, late September 2002
SSCI prisoner number: 15
Entered CIA custody: 29 September 2002
Period of CIA custody: 590-599 days
Left CIA custody: 11 May 2004 – 20 May 2004
Detained: Egypt; Afghanistan (COBALT/GRAY, ORANGE and other); Guantánamo Bay
Current status: detained, Guantánamo Bay
Abd al-Salam al-Hilah is a Yemeni national who claims to have been captured in Cairo in late September 2002, in a joint operation between Egyptian intelligence (SSIS) and the CIA. According to Amnesty International, al-Hilah subjected to degrading treatment in Egyptian custody for about a week, and then handed over to US officials who flew him to another location.
Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody on 29 September 2002. Flight data analysis has identified a flight between Egypt and Afghanistan on this date, by known rendition aircraft N379P. Click here for our analysis of flight data and documentation associated with al-Hilah’s rendition from Egypt to Afghanistan. According to Amnesty, he was held in several CIA detention sites in Afghanistan, including the “Dark Prison”. At least one of the sites appears to have been operated by Afghan forces, who told him that he was being held on behalf of the US. Khaled al-Maqtari was also told by other prisoners when he was held at DETENTION SITE COBALT that al-Hilah had been held in the same facility.
SSCI, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, 9 December 2014
DoD, JTF-GTMO Detainee Assessment: Abdul al Salam al Hilal, 24 September 2008
New York Times, The Guantánamo Docket: Abdul al Salam al Hilal
Amnesty International, Al-Hilah Case Sheet, 11 January 2005