All too often bloggers have a story that takes the MSM awhile to catch-up. The story of Abdullah al-Ajmi,the ex-Guantanamo prisoner who blew himself the smithereens in Mosul, is one of those stories.
I wrote about Ajmi on Thursday, May 1 Former Gitmo Guest Explodes in Mosul, and again Saturday, May 3 Ex-Gitmo Bomber's Death Toll. It's been nearly a week and the BBC has finally published a report:
'Guantanamo man' in Iraq bombingAccording to a CNN report today, al-Ajmi isn't the first Gitmo guest to be released only to return to the battlefield. Pentagon officials say more than ten former Gitmo prisoners, the worst of the worst, have been killed or captured after their release. Cmdr. Jeff Gordon said, "Our reports indicate that a number of former [Guantanamo Bay] detainees have taken part in anti-coalition militant activities after leaving U.S. detention. Some have subsequently been killed in combat."
A former Kuwaiti detainee at the US camp at Guantanamo Bay carried out a recent suicide bombing in northern Iraq, the US military has said. A spokesman for US Central Command told the Associated Press that Abdullah al-Ajmi took part in an attack in Mosul on 29 April that killed several people. Ajmi and two other Kuwaitis blew up two explosive-packed vehicles next to Iraqi security forces, media reports say.
The US transferred Ajmi to Kuwaiti custody from Guantanamo Bay in 2005. He was later acquitted by a Kuwaiti court of terrorism charges.
According to Kuwaiti and pan-Arab media reports, Ajmi and his two alleged accomplices, Nasir al-Dawsari and Badr al-Harbi, were able to leave Kuwait a month ago without alerting the attention of the authorities because they had wrongly been issued new passports.
Mostly notable was the 2004 release of Abdullah Mahsud who returned to Afghanistan to become a militant leader of the Mahsud tribe in southern Waziristan. In October 2004, Mahsud orchestrated the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers in Pakistan. During an attempting rescue by Pakistani forces, one of the hostages was shot by a kidnapper. Five of the bad guys were killed, but Mahsud was not one of them. It has been discovered that Mahsud has been working with the Taliban since he was a teen and has been an al-Qaeda facilitator. Cmdr. Gordon said, "As these facts illustrate, there is an implied future risk to U.S. and allied interests with every detainee who is released or transferred from Guantanamo."
Guantanamo officials have released more than 500 detainees since 2002. Thirty-eight are considered to be no longer a threat to the U.S. and Allies. However, a staggering 462 have been repatriated who are still considered to be a threat to civilization. If so, why were they allowed to walk away? Especially when ex-detainees who return to the fight are reported to be dedicated to the cause and trained to be deceptive. That will not dissuade the Pentagon, officials say, the catch and release program will continue.
Oh, I feel better now that the Pentagon is showing its softer, more compassionate side.
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