April 8, 2014

Bihani: Pacifist Yogi or al-Qaeda Threat?

Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald


Ghaleb al-Bihani is either a one-time, gun-toting cook from war-torn Afghanistan turned yoga-practicing pacifist inside Guantánamo’s communal prison blocks — or he is a trained extremist ripe to rejoin al-Qaida if he’s returned to his native Yemen.

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