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Nationality: Saudi
Date of birth: unknown
Place of birth: unknown

Capture: unknown

SSCI prisoner number: 60

Entered CIA custody: 15 May 2003 – 20 June 2003
Period of CIA custody: 340-349 days
Left CIA custody: 19 April 2004 – 3 June 2004

Detained: unknown location(s)

Current status: unknown



Very little is known about Muhammad al-Qahtani. Analysis by The Rendition Project and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has established that he was transferred into CIA custody at some point between 15 May 2003 and 20 June 2003. According to calculations published by the SSCI, he was held by the CIA for over 11 months (340-349 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 al-Qahtani. No other information about his detention currently exists in the public domain.

Al-Qahtani would have been transferred out of CIA custody at some point between 19 April 2004 and 3 June 2004. 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 Abdullah Ashami). It has been reported that US forces recaptured al-Qahtani in November 2006, and that he was subsequently transferred to Saudi custody. although his current fate and whereabouts are unknown.



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

Muhammad al-Garni, The Sad Story of Abu Nasir al-Qahtani, Arab News, 9 May 2007


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