MSNBC says that for Ramadan, “Yemen’s government on Sunday freed 92 followers of the al-Qaida terrorist network who have repented, a Yemeni judge responsible for dialogue with suspected terrorists said.”
This isn’t the first time this has happened. “At least 70 repentant militants have been released by Yemen in the last two years.”
How do they know they’ve repented? Apparently all they have to do is say so. “They declared they would respect ‘the rights of non-Muslims, their lives, money, and (promised) not to target embassies of friendly countries.”
I’m thrilled that Yemen has such an effective rehabilitation program going, but I trust that Yemeni officials are aware that the Prophet Muhammad himself said, “War is deceit” (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, book 52, nos. 267-9).