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January 05, 2010

Freed Guantánamo Inmates Are Heading For Yemen To Join al-Qaeda fight

White House Still Plans to Ship Gitmo Detainees Back to Yemen


Said Ali al-Shihri, Ibrahim Suleiman al Rubaish (ID not confirmed); Abdullah Saleh Ali al Ajmi; and Abdullah Mahsud

Freed Guantánamo inmates are heading for Yemen to join al-Qaeda fight


At least a dozen former Guantánamo Bay inmates have rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen, The Times has learnt, amid growing concern over the ability of the country’s Government to accept almost 100 more former inmates from the detention centre.

The Obama Administration promised to close the Guantánamo facility by January 22, a deadline that it will be unable to meet. The 91 Yemeni prisoners in Guantánamo make up the largest national contingent among the 198 being held.

Six prisoners were returned to Yemen last month. After the Christmas Day bomb plot in Detroit, US officials are increasingly concerned that the country is becoming a hot-bed of terrorism. Eleven of the former inmates known to have rejoined al-Qaeda in Yemen were born in Saudi Arabia. The organisation merged its Saudi and Yemeni offshoots last year.

The country’s mountainous terrain, poverty and lawless tribal society make it, in the opinion of many analysts, a close match for Afghanistan as a new terrorist haven.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, voiced concern about the growing strength of al-Qaeda in Yemen. “Obviously, we see global implications from the war in Yemen and the ongoing efforts by al-Qaeda in Yemen to use it as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the region,” she said.

A Yemeni, Hani Abdo Shaalan, who was released from Guantánamo in 2007, was killed in an airstrike on December 17, the Yemeni Government reported last week. The deputy head of al-Qaeda in the country is Said Ali al-Shihri, 36, who was released in 2007. Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaish, who was released in 2006, is a prominent ideologue featured on Yemeni al-Qaeda websites.

Geoff Morrell, the spokesman for the Pentagon, said: “This is a large question that goes beyond the issue of transferring detainees. The bulk of the remaining detainees are from Yemen and that has been the case for a long time. We are trying to work with the Yemeni Government on this.”

The number believed to have “returned to the fight” in the May 2009 estimate was double that of a US estimate from June 2008. US officials acknowledged that more detainees were known to have reoffended since, but the number has been classified.

“There is a historic trend and it continues. I will only say that we have said there is a trend, we are aware of it, there is no denying the trend and we are doing our best to deal with this reality,” Mr Morrell said.

Officials said that a higher proportion of those still being held were likely to return to terrorism because they were considered more of a security threat than those selected in the early stages of the release programme.

Wild Thing's comment........

The ‘Revolving Door’ of the Obama Administration and the Eric Holder Department of Justice.

This is a teachable moment and wee wee wee’d better pay attention! But according to the video at the top of this post, it looks like Obama has no intention of stopping his sending the terrorists back to Yemen.

Terrorists should know that captured terrorists will be water boarded for information, tried by our military, found guilty, and shot.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
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Posted by Wild Thing at January 5, 2010 05:45 AM


The real terrorists are O'Vomit & Holder and they're black liberation cronies. We need to send each and everyone of them to Yemen where they'll be at home.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at January 5, 2010 09:28 AM

The stupidity of this is astounding. What kind of a &#!%*@~ moron would trap a bunch of vicious, insane, rabid dogs, 'play with them', and then let them go because they 'feel guilty' or WHATEVER....? I will not be surprised if one of these guys takes out Marine One with a rocket launcher. I know that's a terrible thing to think, as the fine men that are charged with guarding this douchebag would pay the price, an UNNECCESSARY price. The idiots actually believe that these terrorists have a conscience! As FOOLS, we shall pay........

Posted by: pontiff alex at January 5, 2010 09:30 AM

"Terrorists should know that captured terrorists will be water boarded for information, tried by our military, found guilty, and shot."

Terrorists know that captured terrorists will get 3 meals a day, TV, prayer rugs, a roof over their head, tried in a civillian court and be afforded all of the rights of a U. S. citizen. Thanks Obama, you schmuck.

Posted by: Bob A at January 5, 2010 09:44 AM

I'm sure the surviving family members and crew of the USS Cole are smiling now?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 5, 2010 10:10 AM

obama is totlly nuts. His decisions are based on feel good, look good Marxist/socialist thoughts. I just hope our guys start killing terrorists instead of taking them prisoner.

Posted by: TomR at January 5, 2010 11:08 AM

This is what the left has wanted for 8 years to return to pre-September 11th.

The administration calls Terrorists attacks Man made disasters. Their thought on this, I guess, is treat them as common criminals. Problem, the Terrorists don't care what we call them they are bent on destroying the United States.

Obama and ilk, are convinced that if they treat these attacks as criminal acts they don't have to be pro-active and can continue as if they don't exist there by letting the Justice department handle it.

A recent poll says that, now, since Fort Hood and Christmas day 70% do not feel safe.

If there is another big attack on par with 9-11 There won't be enough room in this country for these bastards in Washington to hide.

Posted by: Mark at January 5, 2010 11:43 AM

"Sorry sir, this unit nor longer takes prisoners..."

Posted by: pontiff alex at January 5, 2010 12:47 PM

I shake my head and say, "Why am I not surprised?" Did any one really believe that they would be honest good little boys and not cause anymore harm by going back to their homelands? Right and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. And they think we're the bad guys for locking up these idiots.

Posted by: Lynn at January 5, 2010 01:58 PM

I agree, the terrorists within,( obama and the others) are as dangeous as the terrorists wanting
to kill us.

Thank you all for your input and comments about this.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 5, 2010 07:34 PM