Jihadist Web Site: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Was Iraqi Suicide Bomber




 
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Jihadist Web Site: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Was Iraqi Suicide Bomber
 
May 8th, 2008  
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Topic: Jihadist Web Site: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Was Iraqi Suicide Bomber


Jihadist Web Site: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Was Iraqi Suicide Bomber
CNN
May 7, 2008 By Jamie McIntyre
CNN Newsroom, 2:00 PM
BRIANNA KEILAR: We will get you the latest on the situation in Myanmar in just a moment. But first, a story just into the CNN NEWSROOM.
Let's bring in Senior Pentagon Correspondent Jamie McIntyre.
I understand, Jamie, we're talking about a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. What can you tell us?
JAMIE MCINTYRE: Well, Brianna, it's not often that you find a jihadist Web site and the Pentagon agreeing on something, but today both say that a man named Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi was responsible for a suicide attack in Mosul against Iraqi police officers, and the Pentagon says that this man was a former detainee at the Guantanamo prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.
The Web site lauds him as a martyr and hero. The Pentagon says he was someone who was picked up in 2001 in Afghanistan, alleged to have been fighting with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance during the fighting there in 2001.
He was held in Guantanamo Bay, according to U.S. military records, until 2005, when as a Kuwaiti citizen, he was returned to Kuwait. After facing justice in Kuwait, he was released. And now the Pentagon says he's one of at least 10 former Guantanamo detainees who has shown up on the battlefield, either been captured, or killed, or in this case, believed to have carried out a suicide attack last April 26th in Mosul -- Brianna.
KEILAR: And Jamie, I know the details are really just coming in on this, but you said he went back to Kuwait, he faced justice there. Do we know what type of justice was handed out there?
MCINTYRE: Well, he was charged with terrorism offenses. Of course, during his stay at Guantanamo, he wasn't formally charged with anything, although the U.S. believed he was an enemy combatant. But he denied that he had anything to do with fighting with the Taliban. He said he was in Afghanistan to study the Koran.
He was apparently acquitted by a Kuwaiti and released sometime after his transfer in 2005. And then flash forward to 2008, he shows up in Iraq, in Mosul, according to this jihadist Web site, responsible for that terrorist attack.
Again, the Pentagon says this is the problem they have with the detainees -- and there are about 270 left -- in Guantanamo. They're never sure when they release somebody if they may be a threat in the future.
KEILAR: All right. Jamie McIntyre for us at our Washington bureau. Thanks, Jamie.
 


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