U.S. Unveils 7/7 Bombing Mastermind at Guantanamo

Bin Laden aide captured last year
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2007 8:42 AM CDT
ement saying the detainees were planning to carry out suicide atttacks against "public figures, oil facilities, refineries ... and military zones" - some of which were outside the kingdom. (AP Photo/Al-Arabiya)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – U.S. officials revealed yesterday they have Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, widely considered the architect of the 7/7 London transit attacks, in custody at Guantanamo Bay. The CIA nabbed al-Hadi as he tried to enter Iraq last year, and the announcement suggests—the Times reports—that he's been in a "ghost prison" since.

Intelligence analysts say Abd al-Hadi has captained al-Qaeda's operations in the U.K., including the 2005 attacks that killed 52 passengers on London's bus and tube. The Brits would like to talk to him, but may be stymied by American officials, who consider the former bin Laden confidant and Saddam general a "high-value detainee."