Daily Israel Report

Senior Al Qaeda Operative Killed By NATO, Afghani Forces

A senior Al Qaeda terrorist once suspected of helping Osama Bin Laden escape US forces has been killed in Afghanistan.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 9/4/2011, 10:24 AM

A senior Al Qaeda terrorist once accused of helping Osama Bin Laden escape American forces has been killed by joint NATO and Afghani forces in Afghanistan. He was released in 2007 after a five-year stint in the U.S. prison on Guantanamo Bay.

A tribal leader from Konar province told a CNN reporter that the Sabar Lal Melma who was killed had indeed been the same man who was detained by the Americans. He had once been accused of helping Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora after the fall of the Taliban – a charge later dropped for lack of evidence.

According to the detainee file leaked by Wikileaks to the British newspaper the Telegraph, the 49-year-old terrorist was a radical Islamist, accused of masterminding rocket attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In addition, he allegedly helped Al Qaeda fighters infiltrate back and forth through the Afghanistan-Pakistani border.

Born in Darya-e-Pech, Afghanistan, he was described as a “Brigadier General” for some 600 border guards in the Konar province when he was taken prisoner.

In particular, he was valued by the United States for his knowledge of the Taliban forces in Afghanistan and also for his knowledge of terrorist groups such as the Hizb-I Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) and Jamiat-I Islami (JI).

He was determined to be a medium risk to the security of the United States and its citizens, and of medium intelligence value, according to the secret document released by WikiLeaks.