(NewsReady.com) – On September 11, 2001, 19 men boarded American flights and hijacked 4 planes. The men then carried out the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil in history, killing 2,977 people plus many more who died from 9/11-related illnesses. There’s long been a belief that there were supposed to be 20 hijackers, and that man has now been released from Guantanamo Bay.
On Monday, March 7, the Defense Department revealed they released Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani, 46, from custody. He was flown to Saudi Arabia after a review board including intelligence and military officials determined he could be safely released. He’s being held in a treatment facility in the Middle Eastern country. His lawyers obtained medical examinations stating he suffered from schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
Mohammad Ahmad al-Qahtani was flown back to Saudi Arabia, to a treatment facility. https://t.co/vYbelfJJS1
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) March 8, 2022
According to documents related to the terrorist attacks, the lead hijacker Mohamed Atta was going to pick al-Qahtani up to participate in the attacks. He’d been trained by al-Qaeda and wanted to join the attack, but was not allowed in the country when he landed at Orlando International Airport in August 2001.
Former President Donald Trump objected to al-Qahtani’s release from GITMO and was fighting it. However, Biden reversed course and allowed Saudi Arabia to take custody of the would-be terrorist.
Guantanamo houses 38 prisoners now. The review board has approved half of them for resettlement or repatriation.
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