Ex-Gitmo Detainee classified as High Risk to the US and released by Obama is now a top Al Qaeda leader in Yemen.

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    Dec 10, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    Prophecy realized: Ex-Gitmo detainee, UBL aide resurfaces on battlefield in Yemen. Al Qosi was freed from Guantanamo in 2012, and is now back fighting in Yemen. (Reuters)

    A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders.

    Ibrahim al-Qosi, a Sudanese native who once served as Usama bin Laden's cook, chauffeur and bookkeeper, appears in the latest video released this week by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), some three years after he was released from the U.S. military facility. The 55-year-old Al-Qosi is one of the Al Qaeda chapter's top men, according to the Foundation For Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal blog.

    "One of the main reasons the United States was willing to return him to Sudan was the U.S. confidence in the government of Sudan’s program and its confidence that Mr. al-Qosi would not represent any kind of threat to the United States," his attorney, Paul Reichler, said in July, 2012, when Al-Qosi was freed. "If they had considered him a threat, they would not have released him.”

    “Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against U.S. forces, if released.”

    - US military threat assessment

    Former Gitmo detainee now Al Qaeda commander in Yemen
    Al-Qosi was believed to have been with Bin Laden at Tora Bora in Afghanistan in late 2001, when the U.S. narrowly missed taking out the terrorist kingpin and his entourage. He was one of the so-called "Dirty 30" the U.S. hotly pursued in the aftermath of 9/11, and was nabbed in Pakistan in 2002. Military prosecutors said Al-Qosi became close to Bin Laden while the Al Qaeda founder lived in Sudan, prior to his moving operations to Afghanistan.

    In a leaked, 2007 Joint Task Force Guantanamo threat assessment, U.S. intelligence analysts described Al-Qosi as a “high” risk to the U.S. and its allies.

    “Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against U.S. forces, if released,” the assessment stated.

    In the video from Yeman, entitled "Guardians of Sharia," Al-Qosi and other AQAP commanders are shown discussing the terror group's policy of encouraging attacks against the West by individuals and small cells. The video also emphasizes the importance of following the teachings of experienced terror ideologues -- a likely reference to ISIS, whose rise over the past 18 months has overshadowed Al Qaeda's long-running terror campaign.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House is aware of the report but could not yet confirm it.

    "Obviously, any report about a former GitMo detainee re-engaging in the fight would be source of significant concern, something that we would take quite seriously," Earnest said at Thursday's daily press briefing. "Based on what we know so far, more than 90 percent of those transferred from Guantanamo Bay have not re-engaged in the fight. But we are certainly paying close attention, even if we find unconfirmed reports about those who may have."

    The Pentagon issued a similar statement, saying it takes "any incidence of re-engagement very seriously."

    Al-Qosi, who first moved to Afghanistan in 1996, was among the first prisoners taken to the Guantanamo, the hastily arranged detention center to hold men suspected of ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. He is also known by the nom de guerre Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

    In July 2010, Al-Qosi struck a deal with U.S. military prosecutors, pleading guilty to providing material support to terrorism and conspiracy in exchange for a 14-year sentence that would be shortened to two years from his conviction. The deal spared him the possibility of a much longer sentence.

    Al-Qosi was never accused of any specific acts of violence. He admitted only to working as a cook and helping to gather supplies for a militant camp. At the time of his release, his lawyer said Al-Qosi merely bin Laden as part of an entourage but was never a member of the terrorist leader's inner circle.

    Prosecutors at his military tribunal argued that Al Qaeda could not have operated without the support of people like Al-Qosi and that such assistance amounted to war crimes.

    Al-Qosi’s appearance marks the first time he has starred in jihadist propaganda since he left Guantanamo. His personal relationship with bin Laden and time in American detention make him an especially high-profile spokesman.

  • FRE0

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:04 PM GMT
    We need more information. Did Obama personally release him?
  • FRE0

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:05 PM GMT
    robbaker saidliberals and progressives is what's going to destroy this country. if this were 1938 we would've have lost the war against the nazis


    Really? I was unaware that FDR was a conservative.
  • Fireworkz

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
    Can't win em all
    There were some prisoners who were innocent and held for over 10 years without charge.

    Maybe there should have been trials instead of holding them for so long. What do you usually do with war criminals?
  • Fireworkz

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:11 PM GMT
    Why is the US still holding on to Cuba's land?
    Isn't there anywhere on US territory to hold these prisoners?
  • FRE0

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:36 PM GMT
    Fireworkz saidCan't win em all
    There were some prisoners who were innocent and held for over 10 years without charge.

    Maybe there should have been trials instead of holding them for so long. What do you usually do with war criminals?


    Right.

    When we treat prisoners from other countries like that we forfeit the right to complain when other countries hold our citizens without trial.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 11, 2015 6:38 PM GMT
    Fireworkz saidWhy is the US still holding on to Cuba's land?
    Isn't there anywhere on US territory to hold these prisoners?


    If my understanding of it is correct, the U.S. has a long term lease of the land on which the prison sits.
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    Dec 12, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    "Look at me... Look at me... I'm dee captain now!"

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  • KissTheSky

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    Dec 12, 2015 5:58 AM GMT
    Interesting that no legitimate news source is reporting this.
    It's on a couple of right-wing blogs and FoxNews but nowhere else.
    Is this entirely made up?
    Also interesting that the original poster has no link posted.
    Also interesting that the original poster has typed in "Reuters" as a source, but Reuters does not have this story anywhere on its site or in its archive.
    Interesting.
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    Dec 12, 2015 6:08 AM GMT
    In the pic

    "Al Qosi was freed from Guantanamo in 2012, and is now back fighting in Yemen. (Reuters)"

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/12/10/former-guantanamo-detainee-makes-appearance-in-latest-al-qaeda-in-yemen-video/
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    Dec 12, 2015 5:29 PM GMT
    Fireworkz saidWhy is the US still holding on to Cuba's land?
    Isn't there anywhere on US territory to hold these prisoners?


    Um, something about a lease negotiated with Cuba, mebbe? Thus, Gitmo IS US territory and the best place for these monsters. It was custom built for them and "their needs," however imagined or inflated, which they were entirely comfortable doing without while they were acting as agents of terror overseas. And now, we learn, but not from the MSM, that at least one of them has quickly returned to his wicked ways. Maybe this time we'll shoot him dead as he should have been the first time.

    Thanks for posting this mx5!
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    Dec 12, 2015 6:23 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidInteresting that no legitimate news source is reporting this.
    It's on a couple of right-wing blogs and FoxNews but nowhere else.
    Is this entirely made up?
    Also interesting that the original poster has no link posted.
    Also interesting that the original poster has typed in "Reuters" as a source, but Reuters does not have this story anywhere on its site or in its archive.
    Interesting.


    The Long War Journal broke this story. The journal evolved from Bill Roggio's personal blog with which he reported on conflicts involving terrorism and Islamic insurgencies around the world. PMI states that its journal seeks to provide news on conflicts without promoting a political agenda and with a goal of providing in-depth, contextual, detailed reporting. The site's staff, led by Roggio, use international media sources plus contacts in the United States intelligence community for information for their reports.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_War_Journal

    Here is the original story link:
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/12/ex-guantanamo-detainee-now-an-al-qaeda-leader-in-yemen.php

    It is not hard to track this stuff down. Everyone should give it a try.

    As to legitimacy- there are days when I question the Gray Lady's legitimacy. News from many sources provides balance.


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    Dec 13, 2015 12:44 AM GMT
    Liberals, your media lies to you by omission:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/freed-guantanamo-convict-returns-to-the-fight/ar-AAggSbP

    http://nypost.com/2015/12/10/bin-laden-pal-released-from-gitmo-is-now-an-al-qaeda-leader/

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/11/daily-press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-121015
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    Dec 13, 2015 8:47 AM GMT
    Apparently no one here has heard of "catch and release". We no longer have to house and feed this troll. We can kill him now!!!
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    Dec 13, 2015 11:41 AM GMT
    robbaker saidi wish reagan were alive to see this


    Yeah, he'd probably consider it minor league stuff compared to some of the dodgy shit he got up to. Still, as ever, he had a great turn of phrase, like his artful way of saying, "I did something really bad (and illegal), then I lied about it.":

    "A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."
  • KissTheSky

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    Dec 13, 2015 10:35 PM GMT
    The dubious source of the story is a right-wing "think tank" in DC.
    The "news stories" on Fox News are simply quoting the right-wingers with and axe to grind.
    If you read the actual stories, the only evidence is that this guy's voice is heard on a video (if it's even really his voice) being vaguely critical of the US killing of Moslems, which is hardly the same as being a "top Al Qaeda leader in Yemen."
    This is more alarmist, right-wing claptrap -- the same kind of conservative circle-jerk bullsh*t that landed us in the Iraq War.
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    Dec 13, 2015 11:03 PM GMT
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    robbaker saidi wish reagan were alive to see this


    Yeah, he'd probably consider it minor league stuff compared to some of the dodgy shit he got up to. Still, as ever, he had a great turn of phrase, like his artful way of saying, "I did something really bad (and illegal), then I lied about it.":

    "A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."


    You apparently haven't but we on our side of the pond have moved on beyond President Reagan, tempting as it is to pine for him under the present maladministration, or on the other side of our political swamp, to blame everything on him and the Bushes.
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    Dec 13, 2015 11:18 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThe dubious source of the story is a right-wing "think tank" in DC.
    The "news stories" on Fox News are simply quoting the right-wingers with and axe to grind.
    If you read the actual stories, the only evidence is that this guy's voice is heard on a video (if it's even really his voice) being vaguely critical of the US killing of Moslems, which is hardly the same as being a "top Al Qaeda leader in Yemen."
    This is more alarmist, right-wing claptrap -- the same kind of conservative circle-jerk bullsh*t that landed us in the Iraq War.


    Yep, listen to all these Right Wingers. Disgusting



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    Dec 13, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    Obama is actually a bit hawkish for most US liberals....who have stickers on their cars like, "Arms are for hugging." and "Food not bombs."

    Liberals wanted Gitmo closed the first week. I'm sure Liberals would have given the "detainees" a care package of warm food, and an apology letter from Noam Chomsky. icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 14, 2015 5:44 PM GMT
    MGINSD said

    You apparently haven't but we on our side of the pond have moved on beyond President Reagan, tempting as it is to pine for him under the present maladministration, or on the other side of our political swamp, to blame everything on him and the Bushes.


    Tell it to sobbaker, who, to the best of my knowledge, is on your side of the pond (not to mention at your end of the political spectrum). He introduced RR to the thread.