Gates claimed some Guantanamo detainees posed release threat

On May 8, 2010, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates claimed that a number of the detainees housed at the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities would pose a new threat to the US if they were returned to their home countries. Though Gates advocated closing the facility at Guantanamo earlier in his tenure of office, he based his statements upon Pentagon statistics showing that between 5 - 10 percent of Guantanamo detainees released from custody ultimately "return to the battlefield." Prior to Gates' statements, former detainee Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi was found to be responsible for a suicide attack targeted at coalition security forces in Mosul, Iraq. Al-Ajmi had been captured in Afghanistan in 2002, but was released to his home country of Kuwait in May 2006. He was quickly acquitted by a Kuwaiti court and released in July 2006 before carrying out the Mosul suicide attack in March 2008.


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