‘Detained but Ready to Mingle’ is the New Black: Guantanamo prisoner accused of being Osama bin Laden’s associate has a DATING PROFILE on Match.com

‘Detained but Ready to Mingle’ is the New Black: Guantanamo prisoner accused of being Osama bin Laden’s associate has a DATING PROFILE on Match.com

Oh wow. Hold onto your seats, ladies (and possibly some gents out there, too?) We have ourselves a real life, Osama Bin Laden associate looking for love. Hold up, I have some *ahem* emails to write:


A Guantanamo Bay prisoner has an online dating profile.

Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani is looking for love on Match.com from the confines of his prison camp, where he has been held since 2007.

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According to his lawyer Carlos Warner, who monitors the account, al-Afghani set up the profile in 2012.

With the location set to ‘Guantanamo Bay’, his tag line reads, ‘detained but ready to mingle’ – and he gets matches every day.

The surprising news has emerged in a set of letters the ‘high-value’ prisoner sent to Warner this summer, seen by Daily Mail Online, in which he jokes about the Ashley Madison hack and his own experience in the field.

‘This is terrible news about Ashley Madison, please remove my profile immediately!!!’ al-Afghani jokes in a letter dated 21 July.

‘I’ll stick with Match.com even though you say it is for old people. There is no way I can do Tinder in here.’

Al-Afghani, who is accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden but has not been given a trial, made his foray into the ever-popular world of online dating after reading about the phenomenon in a magazine four years ago, Warner told Daily Mail Online.

With access to satellite television and newspapers, the Afghan detainee has become passionate about modern technology and popular culture beyond the confines of Camp 7.

‘I was visiting him a few years ago and, as always, brought him some magazines,’ Warner explains.

‘At the time online dating wasn’t as big as it is now, and he found it fascinating. He asked if we could set up a profile so I did.

‘We decided on two: Plenty Of Fish and Match.com. But Plenty Of Fish required too much classified information – date of birth, exact location. So we went with Match.com.

‘It’s obviously it’s a bit of satire and unfortunately he doesn’t have a trial or release date, but if he did he would certainly be responding to some of these matches.

‘I still get emails every day with matches from women in the Caribbean. He finds it very funny that some woman in Jamaica might be pining for him even though he’s open about the fact that he’s in Guantanamo.

‘He can’t believe how popular online dating is now. I tell him that’s how most people meet someone these days and he finds that hilarious. Tinder confuses him though – he doesn’t understand really what a smartphone is so the concept of swiping is strange.’

Warner adds: ‘I don’t want to say he’s a “ladies man” but he’s definitely interested in the culture.’

Since publication, it appears Match.com has suspended al-Afghani’s account.

Well, looks like I missed my chance for the man of my dreams. Any takers out there?

Written by Katie McGuire. Send your hate mail to the author at [email protected], or feel free to mean tweet me at @GOPKatie, where I will be sure to do very little about it.


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