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Former Guantanamo Detainee Takes Part in Iraq Suicide Bombing

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Former Guantanamo Detainee Takes Part in Iraq Suicide Bombing
A Kuwaiti man who complained about maltreatment during a three-year stay in the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was involved in a deadly suicide bombing in northern Iraq last month, the US military confirmed yesterday. Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi, 29, who the US military accused of fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan and wanting to kill Americans, was involved in one of three suicide bombings that killed seven Iraqi security forces in Mosul on April 26, Defense Department officials said.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If only we'd let him go sooner, so he could've done something like this before the surge....
stephley stephley 9 years
And they're even more dangerous after being held without charges and possibly tortured for a couple of years.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I don't think we can compare the terrorists we hold in Guantanamo with regular combatants and I do think this is a prime example on why they need to be detained. They are dangerous and given the chance will commit terrorist acts.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Thanks for the update steph, but I take what Thomas Wilner says, with a grain of salt. I am sure there is much more to this story on both sides of the coin.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Nice, thanks for the update Stephley!
stephley stephley 9 years
From a longer article: "Ajmi was held at Guantanamo until late 2005, when he was transferred to the custody of the Kuwaiti government as part of a diplomatic arrangement. In hearings at Guantanamo, Ajmi maintained his innocence and said he never fought with the Taliban or meant anyone any harm. He also said he did not have a "grudge" against his American captors -- In 2006, Ajmi was tried in a Kuwaiti court, along with a group of other alleged terrorists, but was acquitted and released. Defense officials said he apparently had been living a "productive life" in Kuwait since his release, and an attorney for him in the United States said yesterday that Ajmi had fathered a child shortly after returning home. But Thomas Wilner, a Washington lawyer who represented Ajmi in seeking a habeas corpus hearing during his stay at Guantanamo, said yesterday that Ajmi was young and not well educated, and that he appeared deeply affected by his incarceration at the U.S. facility. Ajmi told Wilner in five 2005 meetings that he had been badly abused after his capture in Afghanistan and later at Guantanamo, at one point coming to a meeting with a broken arm Ajmi said he sustained in a scuffle with guards."
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Does this mean we should have held him longer, or did we create or tease a monster by holding him as long as we did?" Good questions. It will be interesting to learn more!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Yeah. Why did we let him go? I mean, I am certainly no fan of Guantanamo, but they held an innocent man for six years who was harmless and they let this one out? Sounds really fishy to me.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Why did we let him go in the first place?
stephley stephley 9 years
Obviously, he's going to become the poster boy for Guantanamo supporters but: a) I'd like confirmation beyond the U.S. military or its contractor about this. They're suspiciously efficient here. b) Does this mean we should have held him longer, or did we create or tease a monster by holding him as long as we did?
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