INDEPTH: Khadr Family Timeline

CBC News Online | Updated July 15, 2008

July 15, 2008:
Video is released of Canadian spy agents questioning Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay in February 2003. In the video, made public under a court order obtained by his lawyers, a teenaged Omar sobs uncontrollably and tells a Canadian Security Intelligence Service official several times: "You don't care about me."

July 10, 2008
Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeats vows to leave Omar Khadr's case in U.S. hands, despite reports a day earlier that Canadian officials knew of Omar's harsh treatment by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay.

June 3, 2008:
Foreign Affairs documents report that U.S. soldiers guarding Omar Khadr at Guantanamo Bay have said that he is a "good kid" and "salvageable," but a prolonged detention at Guantanamo Bay could turn him into a radical.

May 29, 2008:
Omar Khadr's lawyer, Lt.-Cmdr. William C. Kuebler, says the U.S. military judge presiding over Khadr's trial has been fired.

April 17, 2008:
A letter submitted in court filings by Omar Khadr's defence lawyers shows Canada asked the United States not to send Khadr to Guantanamo after he was captured in Afghanistan in 2002.

March 18, 2008:
In an affidavit, Omar Khadr says U.S. military interrogators in Afghanistan threatened him with rape and treated him harshly, forcing him to make false statements.

June - October 2007:
On June 4, 2007, a U.S. military judge drops all charges against Omar Khadr because he is an "enemy combatant," and the military commissions have jurisdiction only over "unlawful enemy combatants."

In September 2007, a three-member appeal panel rules that the decision was in error and reinstates the charges against Khadr. Khadr's lawyers later filed an appeal, seeking to stop the U.S. military case against their client. A judge ordered in October that Khadr's trial proceed.

April 19, 2006:

Omar Khadr's U.S. military attorney tries to have two Canadian lawyers officially added to the legal team defending Omar against murder charges. Lt.-Col. Colby Vokey says his client needs extra lawyers on his side, given what he calls the arbitrary nature of the military proceedings at Guantanamo.

Jan. 9, 2006:

U.S. authorities say Omar Khadr will appear before a military commission on Jan. 11. The 19-year-old is accused of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and "aiding the enemy."

Dec. 23, 2005:

Abdullah Khadr is denied bail by a judge who says al-Qaeda could help him escape. He now faces an extradition hearing in January.

Dec. 19, 2005:

Abdullah Khadr appears in a Toronto court, accused of plotting to kill American soldiers abroad. He is ordered to return to court two days later for a bail hearing. The RCMP arrested Khadr on Dec. 17 at the request of U.S. authorities.

Dec. 7, 2005:
Abdullah Khadr returns to Toronto – a free man – after being released from custody in Pakistan, where he had been held for a year. There had been allegations that Abdullah ran an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan while he was a teenager in the 1990s. But he had not been criminally charged.

Nov. 7, 2005
Omar Khadr, held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is charged with murder and conspiracy. Khadr and four others charged with serious charges are entitled to "representation by a military defense counsel free of charge with the option to retain a civilian defense counsel at no expense to the U.S. government," according to a statement on the U.S. Department of Defence website.

Aug. 10, 2005
A Federal Court judge rules that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms extends to Omar Khadr, being held by Americans in Cuba, and that CSIS must stop interrogating him.

June 18, 2005
An Ontario judge rules that RCMP officers can hold items seized from Zaynab Khadr, Ahmed Said Khadr's daughter, while they investigate her possible connections to al-Qaeda. The items, including a laptop computer, a diary and audio tapes, were seized when Khadr entered Canada in February 2005.

Feb. 9, 2005
Lawyers for Omar Khadr reveal that CSIS officials have interrogated their client in Cuba, and say the Canadian government has done little to protect his rights.

Sept. 16, 2004
The U.S. Department of Defence releases unclassified documents that claim Omar Khadr has admitted to being a "terrorist."

July 12, 2004
The Globe and Mail reports that Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham invoked his Crown prerogative in March 2004 to act outside the laws and deny Abdurahman Khadr a Canadian passport. In a letter to Khadr's lawyer, Clayton Ruby, Attorney General Irwin Cotler says the decision was based on information from CSIS that must remain secret. Ruby says Khadr can't be denied a passport based on secret information and calls it a breach of his rights under the Charter.

April 9, 2004
Two more members of the Khadr family, Maha Elsamnah Khadr and her 14-year-old son Karim, land in Toronto, after the Canadian government granted them emergency passports so Karim could get medical treatment for injuries sustained in a shootout in October 2003.

March 4, 2004
In an interview with the CBC's The National Abdurahman Khadr says his family has ties to al-Qaeda and he was trained to become a suicide bomber. But he says he does not share the views of some members of his family.

Feb. 25, 2004
Abdullah Khadr agrees to meet with CBC news in a secret location in Islamabad for an interview. "If I was the suicide bomber, I wouldn't be doing this interview with you right now," he says. He says he wanted to return to Canada, but was afraid of being arrested at the border.

Feb. 4, 2004
A Taliban official tells Agence France-Presse that the suicide bomber who killed a Canadian soldier, Cpl. Jamie Murphy, in Kabul in late January 2004 was Abdullah Khadr. He identifies the bomber as Mohammad Abdullah, the son of a Canadian citizen and al-Qaeda member named Abdul Rehman. Ahmed Said Khadr sometimes assumed the name Ahmed Saeed Abdur Rehman Khadar in Pakistani media reports.

Jan. 24, 2004
Pakistani officials use DNA testing to confirm that Ahmed Said Khadr was killed in the raid the past October. Abdul Karim Khadr is reportedly paralysed in the shootout. The Khadr family demands that Abdul Karim and the body of Ahmed Said Khadr be returned to Canada.

Dec. 4, 2003
Abdurahman's lawyer, Rocco Galati, announces he is stepping down from all national security cases because of a death threat. Omar Khadr remains in Guantanamo among an estimated 660 detainees.

Nov. 30, 2003
Abdurahman Khadr arrives in Toronto.

Oct. 2, 2003
After reports that senior members of al-Qaeda are hiding in Waziristan, Pakistan, armed forces in Pakistan stage an attack on their hideout. After a firefight lasting several hours, the Pakistan army takes 18 prisoners and pulls eight bodies, including that of patriarch Ahmed Said Khadr, from the safehouse.

At the time, his 14-year-old son Abdul Karim is also believed dead. It is later confirmed that Abdul survived but was badly hurt.

July 21, 2003
American officials release Abdurahman and send him to Afghanistan. He maintains he was unaware of his rights as a citizen to be sent to Canada. He accuses the Canadian Embassy in Pakistan of denying him access to consular services. After making his way to Pakistan, Khadr says the guards at the embassy turned him away. Khadr travels to Iran, Turkey and Bosnia. The Canadian Embassy in Bosnia arranges for him to return to Canada.

Early 2003
Abdurahman is transferred to the stockade at Guantanamo where he is held as an "enemy combatant."

Omar Khadr is shot three times in a battle with American troops in Afghanistan. He loses the sight of one eye. He is sent to Guantanamo, Cuba, accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade.

Nov. 10, 2001
Abdurahman is arrested as a suspected member of al-Qaeda one day before the Taliban falls to the U.S.-supported Northern Alliance.

Sept. 11, 2001
After the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden and other members of Al-Qaeda leave Jalalabad, Afghanistan for the Pakistan-Afghan border. The U.S. government compiles and releases a list of suspected terrorists. Ahmed Said Khadr is on the list

The Khadr family attends the wedding of Osama bin Laden's son, Muhammed.

Abdurahman says Canadian spies question him during a visit to Toronto. After a few months in Canada, he rejoins the rest of the Khadr family in Kabul.

September 9, 1999
Bin Laden attends the wedding of Zaynab Khadr, one of two Khadr daughters.

Aug. 21, 1998
The U.S. government retaliates by launching three missiles from naval destroyers in the Arabian Sea. One of them is aimed at a training camp led by Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and where Abdurahman was training. He says he was with a Canadian friend when a missile hits the camp.

Aug. 7, 1998
Al-Qaeda bombs the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Abdurahman says he was in an Afghan training camp at the time.

January 1996
After having been detained in Pakistan on suspicion of funding the bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad, Ahmed Said launches a hunger strike. He gathers his six children, contacts Canadian journalists and asks Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to intervene. Chrétien later raises the issue with the Pakistani government during a trade mission.

Khadr is released. He then encourages his four boys to attend training camps in Afghanistan.

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan, which provokes the declaration of a holy war. Ahmed Said travels to Afghanistan to fight against Soviet forces as a volunteer. It is during this time that he met fellow volunteer Osama Bin Laden.

Ahmed Said Khadr immigrates to Canada from Egypt and met his wife, Maha. She is a Palestinian-Canadian and had been a long-time Ottawa resident.