28 May 2010

Gitmo Detainee Returns to the Fight in Yemen

A former Guantanamo detainee is now the new leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen.

A fugitive Saudi Arabian man, who was once detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo, was named as a senior member of Al Qaeda's Yemen wing, according to a tape by the group shown on al Arabiya television on Friday.

The tape also confirmed the deaths of three leaders killed in December and January during Yemeni air raids, the pan Arab broadcaster said.

Among those killed were Abdullah al Muhdar, the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen's Shabwa province, Mohammed Amir al Awlaki, and Mohammed Saleh al Kazimi.

Othman Ahmed al-Ghamdi, the 31-year-old man named as a leading Al Qaeda operative on Friday, had been added to a list of 85 most wanted people by Saudi Arabia 15 months ago, al-Arabiya said.

He spent four years in Guantanamo prison after he was captured in Afghanistan. He was released in 2006.

Good thing we started letting people out of Gitmo, eh?
Oh, and those who believe President Obama is the anti-Christ, note that last line. Obama didn't release him; Bush did.

By: Brant

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