Bin Laden's Courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, Had Several Responsibilities

May 4, 2011

"Now we know his name," NPR's Dina Temple-Raston tells our Newscast desk.

Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti was al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's "favorite courier and right-hand man," according to evidence in secret documents detailing information obtained from detainees held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

And al-Kuwaiti, who inadvertently led the U.S. to bin Laden after his identity was discovered, died with bin Laden during Monday's raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Dina reports that:

Al-Kuwaiti was a protege of self-professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He taught a Guantanamo detainee who was supposed to be the 20th hijacker how to use the internet. According to that detainee, al-Kuwaiti took him to an internet cafe in Karachi and taught him to use e-mail.

E-mail, al-Kuwaiti told the detainee, was a safer way to contact 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta.

Al-Kuwaiti's name also comes up as the host at an al-Qaida guesthouse. The documents say high level al-Qaida operatives including Hambali, an Indonesian al-Qaida financier who uses just one name and is now being held at Guantanamo, came through that guesthouse.

ABC News reports that neighbors near the compound in Abbottabad says al-Kuwaiti was "a friendly man from the country's tribal areas who worked as a money changer and built 12-foot walls to keep out the 'many enemies' he [said he had] acquired in the course of doing business." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit