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Who Is Binyam Mohamed? - by Andy Worthington

Who Is Binyam Mohamed? - by Andy Worthington: "Who Is Binyam Mohamed?

by Andy Worthington

As British resident Binyam Mohamed stepped off a plane at RAF Northolt on Monday Feb. 23, six years and 10 months since he was first abducted by the Pakistani authorities at Karachi airport, it was impossible not to sympathize with the words written in a statement by the tall, thin, slightly stooped 30-year-old and delivered by his lawyers at a press conference.

'I hope you will understand that after everything I have been through I am neither physically nor mentally capable of facing the media on the moment of my arrival back to Britain,' the statement read. 'Please forgive me if I make a simple statement through my lawyer. I hope to be able to do better in days to come, when I am on the road to recovery.'

For the last three and a half years, since Binyam Mohamed's lawyers at Reprieve, the legal action charity, first released his harrowing account of his torture in Morocco a…

Guantanamo Bay: British Resident Binyam Mohamed Returns To Britain | UK News | Sky News

Guantanamo Bay: British Resident Binyam Mohamed Returns To Britain | UK News | Sky News: "Ethiopian-born Mr Mohamed, 30, had been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2004.

He was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 after the US launched its war on terror.

Mr Mohamed claims he was secretly flown to Morocco and tortured before being moved to Afghanistan and then Cuba.

He also alleges he was tortured into falsely confessing to terrorist activities and claims MI5 officers were complicit in his abuse."

Wis. reservist refuses to return to Iraq - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times

Wis. reservist refuses to return to Iraq - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times
Wis. reservist refuses to return to Iraq
By James A. Carlson - The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Feb 23, 2009 20:54:32 EST MILWAUKEE — A Wisconsin Army Reservist refused to leave Friday to return to his unit in Iraq, saying he’s become disillusioned with the U.S. role there.Spc. Kristoffer Walker of Green Bay said he sent an e-mail to his squad leader, platoon sergeant and company first sergeant in Iraq, stating he won’t return from his two-week leave.The 28-year-old Walker has served with the 353rd Transportation Company out of Buffalo, Minn., which deployed to Iraq in October. He said he was a truck driver for the first two months, and since then he’s worked in the headquarters office.