Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Iraq suicide bomber was former detainee at Guantanamo Bay"

Via Instapundit: The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, released a photo of al-Britani -- born Ronald Fiddler in Manchester, England, and known as Jamal al-Harith -- and claimed credit for the army base attack.

British and U.S. officials have not confirmed al-Britani is indeed al-Harith, however a British intelligence official told CNN they believe with "high confidence" that al-Britani is al-Harith.

"It is him, I can tell by his smile. If it is true then I've lost a brother, so another family [member] gone," al-Britani's brother told The Times of London, adding that he'd "wasted his life."

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, released a photo of al-Britani -- born Ronald Fiddler in Manchester, England, and known as Jamal al-Harith -- and claimed credit for the army base attack.

British and U.S. officials have not confirmed al-Britani is indeed al-Harith, however a British intelligence official told CNN they believe with "high confidence" that al-Britani is al-Harith.

"It is him, I can tell by his smile. If it is true then I've lost a brother, so another family [member] gone," al-Britani's brother told The Times of London, adding that he'd "wasted his life."

"The fact is that this was always a very difficult situation where any government would have to balance proper concern for civil liberties with desire to protect our security, and we were likely to be attacked whatever course we took," Blair said. "The reason it did take a long time for their release was precisely the anxiety over their true affiliations."

Al-Britani would not be the first detainee released from the prison who went on to commit terrorist acts or rejoin a militant group as 122 of 693 Guantanamo detainees who have been released did so, and another 86 are suspected of doing so.

4 comments:

edutcher said...

To the surprise of absolutely no one and another vindication of Trump's policy.

Of course, the Lefties and the Whigs won't be happy until one of the crazies murders 100 or so people.

Leland said...

To keep anyone from saying something in error, the guy was released in 2004, which I pretty early on and when the place was filling up. Still, nothing Ed said is incorrect.

Rabel said...

"But after intense campaigning by Tony Blair’s government, British citizen al-Harith – who had pleaded his innocence – was let out two years later.

He launched a compensation claim on the grounds British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment and was handed up to £1 million of taxpayers’ money to stay silent."

Lem said...

NYT Headline: The so-called underwear bomber told the FBI about his effort to attack a plane. We waged a 2-year legal fight to learn what he said.