Khalid El-Masri

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For information about Khalid al-Masri, the suspected Al-Qaeda operative, believed to be a native of the former Soviet Union, see Khalid al-Masri.


Khalid El-Masri (also Khaled El-Masri and Khaled Masri) (born June 29, 1963) is a German citizen who was kidnapped in the Republic of Macedonia, flown to Afghanistan, allegedly beaten, stripped, raped, and interrogated and tortured by the CIA for several months as a part of the War on Terror, and then released. His erroneous rendition was apparently due to a misunderstanding that arose concerning the similarity of the spelling of El-Masri's name with the spelling of suspected terrorist al-Masri (the names are spelled the same way when using Arabic script).

El-Masri was born in Kuwait to Lebanese parents. He grew up in Lebanon.He based his application for asylum on his membership in the Islamic Unification Movement., msn.de, February 23, 2006He was granted asylum, and in 1994 he obtained German citizenship through previous marriage with a German woman. In 1996, he married a fellow Lebanese and has several children., American Civil Liberties Union, June 12, 2005

Arrest and detention

El-Masri travelled from his home in Ulm to go on vacation in Skopje at the end of 2003. He...
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