Osama’s Driver Freed From Gitmo

    Sudanese Ibrahim al-Qosi, the former cook of slain Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on July 11, 2012 after he was release from the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and returned to his native Sudan when Court documents in August 2010 showed that his 14-year sentence would be suspended. Qosi had been held at the US-run Guantanamo prison since 2002 and was the first Guantanamo detainee to be tried by military tribunal under revised rules introduced by the administration of President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID        (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Ibrahim al-Qosi worked as Osama Bin-Laden's bookkeeper, driver, and, cook. In 2002, at the height of the war on terror, he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. But this week, the 52-year-old left for Sudan. His release is part of President Obama's longstanding but quiet effort to release prisoners from the controversial site. The president promised to close the base entirely by the end of his first year in office. But Al-Qosi was one of Gitmo's longest-serving inmates. His release brings the total detainee population at the base down to 168.

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