Wednesday 18 February 2009 (23 Safar 1430)  

            Al-Qaeda man turns himself in
            Arab News 

                  Mohammed Al-Harbi    
            JEDDAH: A wanted Saudi terrorist, who had become an Al-Qaeda 
commander in Yemen after returning from Guantanamo prison, has turned himself 
in to Saudi authorities, an Interior Ministry spokesman said yesterday.

            The spokesman said the man, Mohammed Ateek Al-Aufi Al-Harbi, 
surrendered as a result of the combined efforts of Saudi and Yemeni security 
agencies. He expressed his desire to surrender through his family.

            Al-Harbi, who had been released from a Saudi counseling center for 
those returning from the US military prison camp in Cuba, appeared on an 
Al-Qaeda video last month to say he had joined the terror network's regional 
wing in Yemen as a commander.

            Al Arabiya TV channel earlier said Al-Harbi, on a wanted list of 85 
militants issued by the Interior Ministry this month, contacted the Saudi 
authorities three days ago before surrendering in Yemen. The government 
announcement came after Yemeni authorities said they had arrested dozens of 
suspects in a manhunt for Al-Qaeda militants in recent weeks.

            The publication of the Saudi wanted list followed a move last month 
by Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen to name Al-Harbi and a fellow Saudi released from 
Guantanamo as commanders.

            In last month's video, the group's Yemeni leader Abu Bashir Nasser 
Al-Wahayshi, threatened attacks against Westerners in the region. Al-Qaeda 
militants have been blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in the Kingdom 
since May 2003



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