A U.S. flag flies above a razorwire-topped fence at the "Camp Six" detention facility at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay December 10, 2008. Opened in December 2006, Camp Six is the newest detention facility. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (CUBA) - RTR22GYH Mandel Ngan/Reuters
The Pentagon will prosecute a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee for war crimes including allegations he ordered attacks in 2003 and 2004 that killed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
AbdalHadi al-Iraqi, who is accused of being a key member of al-Qaeda, allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey "and elsewhere" between 1996 and 2006, according to a legal document.
Allegations in a charge sheet released Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Military Commissions include that al Hadi "directed, organized, funded, supplied and oversaw" al-Qaeda's operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan from March 2002 to "in or about 2004."
On Oct. 2, 2003, al Hadi funded a roadside explosive device that killed two Canadian military members and injured another, the document alleges.
That was the day Sgt. Robert Alan Short, 42, of Fredericton and Cpl. Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger, 29, of Ottawa were killed when their jeep hit an explosive device while on a routine patrol in Kabul. They were the first Canadians killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan.
Attack killed Newfoundlander
The charge sheet also alleges al Hadi "provided a suicide bomber and funding to a co-conspirator to execute two simultaneous suicide attacks on coalition forces at or near Kabul, Afghanistan," around Jan. 27, 2004, killing a member of the Canadian military, injuring three Canadian military members and injuring civilians. Cpl. Jamie Brendan Murphy, 26, from Conception Harbour, N.L., was killed in an attack on that date.
Those attacks are just a small part of the 12 pages of allegations against al Hadi, including these attacks in Afghanistan:
- On a bus carrying members of the German military in June 2003.
- On a military medical helicopter in September 2003.
- On a convoy of British and Estonian military members in January 2004.
- On a convoy of U.S. military members in March 2004.
The U.S. Defence Department announced in early 2007 that al Hadi had been arrested and that he was being moved to the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay. He had reportedly been arrested in late 2006.
The U.S. described al Hadi as "one of al-Qaeda's highest-ranking and experienced senior operatives at the time of his detention."
According to information provided by the U.S. Defence Department, al Hadi was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1961.
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