Taliban Cook Still in Hot Water

Gitmo may be closing, but Taliban chef will remain in custody

By David Hogarty
|  Tuesday, Jul 7, 2009  |  Updated 8:18 AM CDT
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Taliban Cook Still in Hot Water

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An assistant cook for Taliban fighters captured in Afghanistan was denied release and will remain in custody even after Guantanamo Bay is closed.

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There are culinary crimes and then there's the type of cooking that will land you in a Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison camp.

That's where Ghaleb Nassar Al Bihani found himself after being captured in Afghanistan. He'll remain in custody even after the government closes the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, even though he claims his crimes were little more than being the camp cook for a band of Taliban fighters. And he wasn't even the head cook; he was just the sous chef, according to MSNBC.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon denied Al Bihani's petition for release with a rhetorical flourish. "After all, as Napoleon himself was fond of pointing out, 'An army marches on its stomach.'" Touché judge!

Al Bihani is a citizen of Yemen who traveled to Saudi Arabia and then made a poorly timed decision to go to Afghanistan to fight that country's Northern Alliance just a few months before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. began its bombing campaign against the Taliban and the cook was captured.

He is one of 244 prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay, which President Obama said will be closed.

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