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'We're Canada's al-Qaeda family'
Canadian Abdurahman Khadr
Khadr did not like training for a suicide bomber
A Canadian released from Guantanamo Bay has admitted he is a member of al-Qaeda - and so are most of his family.

Abdurahman Khadr said he had been "raised to become a suicide bomber" by his father, who was killed in a Pakistani military operation last year.

He said he grew up in Afghanistan and played with the children of al-Qaeda fugitive leader Osama Bin Laden.

Khadr was released after agreeing to co-operate with US authorities, but his brother is still in the Cuba base.

'Bad person'

Abdurahman Khadr, 20, was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 , but now lives in Toronto with the rest of his family.

"I just admitted we are an al-Qaeda family. We had connections with al-Qaeda," he told Canada's CBC television.

Bin Laden has issues with his wife, and he has issues with his kids, financial issues, you know
Abdurahman Khadr
He said he and his brothers were sent to Afghanistan to train with al-Qaeda by their father Ahmed Said Khadr, an Egyptian-born Canadian who is thought to have ranked high in the organisation.

"I was raised to become a suicide bomber. I was raised to become a bad person," he admitted.

In the CBC programme, Mr Khadr described the Osama Bin Laden he knew as a normal person, with money worries and difficulty controlling his children.

"He has issues with his wife, and he has issues with his kids, financial issues, you know, the kids aren't listening, the kids aren't doing this and that.

"It comes down to (the fact) he's a father and he's a person," he said.


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