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Bin Laden’s Former Cook Gets Shorter Prison Term


A sketch of Ibrahim al Qosi at his war crimes trial last year

A sketch of Ibrahim al Qosi at his war crimes trial last year

Osama bin Laden's former cook has had his Guantanamo prison sentence reduced to two years from 14 years.

In July, the cook -- Ibrahim al Qosi -- pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring with Al-Qaeda and providing material support to bin Laden and the group.

Agency report the sentence reduction was expected after Qosi entered into a plea agreement in which he apparently acknowledged that Al-Qaeda was a terrorist group when he ran one of the kitchens at an Al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan. He also reportedly admitted helping the Al-Qaeda leader escape U.S. forces in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion in 2001.

Qosi met bin Laden in Sudan and traveled with him to Afghanistan.

compiled from agency reports
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