Thursday, March 04, 2004

Abdurahman Khadr

Portrait of an al-Qaeda family:

Abdurahman Khadr worked for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to identify Al Qaeda members at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina, CBC Television said last night.

The revelation, in a promo for tonight's instalment of a CBC documentary on the Khadr family, confirms a Dec. 31 report in the Star that said Abdurahman was released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo in return for leading U.S. intelligence forces to his father and associates.

Last night's instalment offered this portrait of the Khadrs:

They were an Al Qaeda family whose children were born in Canada but grew up in training camps in Afghanistan.

Osama bin Laden was counted as a close personal friend.

Dying for a cause is the most direct route to heaven and, according to at least one family member, the Sept. 11 attacks gave the Americans what "they deserve."

These were the frank statements made by the relatives of Canadian Ahmed Said Khadr in last night's documentary.

They are the latest revelations of a former Scarborough family, who moved to Pakistan to apparently do charity work, and the first direct admission that Khadr, his wife, daughter and four sons supported Al Qaeda.

"(My father) respected (bin Laden) for a person who is standing up for something he believes in, who's willing to sacrifice for it, who's doing a lot of good for people who are helping him," Khadr's daughter Zaynab told the CBC.

CBC producer Nazim Baksh and reporter Terence McKenna spent two months interviewing the family members here and abroad.

The CBC crew also interviewed the eldest Khadr son, Abdullah, 23, still in hiding in Pakistan and mistakenly fingered by the Taliban as the suicide bomber who killed a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan on Jan. 27.

The documentary shed greater light on bin Laden — a man who enjoyed playing volleyball and going horseback riding.

"I see him as a very peaceful man," Abdullah said.

And it further revealed that Ahmed Said Khadr, an Egyptian-born Canadian citizen, was so committed to the cause of terrorism that he would sacrifice his own son.

"Three times my father himself tried to convince me to become a suicide bomber," Abdurahman said. But he refused.

"I don't believe in blowing myself up and killing innocent people.

"A person who was raised to become an Al Qaeda, was raised to become a suicide bomber, was raised to become a bad person and I decided on my own that I did not want to be that ... I want to be a good, strong, civilized Muslim," he told the CBC.

American authorities have described the senior Khadr, who was killed in a battle with the Pakistani military last October, as an Al Qaeda financier. Khadr's youngest son Abdul Karim was injured in the battle.

When asked about her father's death and to explain the act of dying for a cause, Zaynab replied:

"I'd love to die like that." She challenged the CBC reporter to ask anyone on the street if they'd rather die fighting or "in bed," believing that dying while fighting is the way to heaven.


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