Guantanamo ex-detainee was Iraq suicide bomber: US military

[JURIST] One of the bombers involved in a series of suicide attacks in Mosul, Iraq, in April was a former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], the US military said Wednesday. Kuwaiti Abdullah Salim Ali al-Ajmi was detained in Afghanistan before being transferred to Guantanamo for three years; he was released to Kuwait in 2005. Kuwaiti media say that al-Ajmi and another Kuwaiti, both supposedly under surveillance by the country's Interior Ministry, had secretly crossed the border into Iraq [Arab Times report] in early April using false passports. Al-Ajmi's former lawyer said that he may have become radicalized after his experiences at Guantanamo, but the US military said that he already had terror connections before he was detained.

A military spokesman said that Ajmi was one of up to 36 former Guantanamo detainees who are believed to have resumed fighting against the US. The New York Times has more. AP has additional coverage.



 

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