On Tuesday, the BBC reported 50-year-old Islamic State terrorist Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, originally known as Ronald Fiddler, was an ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee who set off a suicide car bomb attack.
Iraqi forces were the victims as a result of the attack that took place in Mosul.
After being sent to Guantanamo in 2002, he got released during Bush’s administration because he gave U.S. officials information on the Taliban.
His wife was not able to convince him to leave the Islamic State and come back to their family of five children.
There are currently 41 detainees in the Cuban prison. There were 242 at the beginning of President Obama’s administration, who made a campaign promise to close it.
President Donald Trump has pledged numerous times that he would keep Guantanamo Bay open and wants to be tough on terrorism. CNN reported last month he said on Twitter there should not be further Gitmo releases.
“There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield,” Trump tweeted on January 3, one of several statements about keeping the prison open.
The prison’s peak population was 684 detainees in June 2003.
In a report on recidivism of former detainees, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded with these results.
In a September report that nine of 161 inmates released since January 2009 had returned to supporting terrorist groups. An additional 11 are “suspected” of having gone back to terrorist activity, though the report notes that the Defense Intelligence Agency puts that number at 15.
These are some of the most dangerous individuals in the world. Fiddler returning to terrorism is the latest example why there should be a lot of caution when anyone from Guantanamo Bay is released.
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