He was happy to have discharged his duty in jihad. “Khadr admits throwing deadly grenade,” by Colin Perkel for The Canadian Press, October 26 (thanks to Ima):
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba – In the midst of a deadly firefight in Afghanistan in 2002, a 15-year-old Omar Khadr — believing his death was at hand — wanted to kill as many Americans as he could, jurors heard Tuesday as they prepared to pass sentence on the Canadian-born man newly convicted as a war criminal….
The statement described how Khadr, with U.S. soldiers on his doorstep in Afghanistan, tossed the Russian-made F1 grenade from behind a wall, dealing a mortal head wound to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer, who succumbed to his injuries 12 days later.
“Khadr threw the grenade with the specific intent of killing or injuring as many Americans as he could,” Groharing said.
The Toronto-born Khadr, now 24, was holed up with other members of a terrorist cell in a compound that was coming under American attack. They made a “pact” that they would sooner die than surrender to their western enemies.
In the statement, Khadr — who pleaded guilty to five war-crimes charges, including Speer’s murder — admitted to being “happy” at the news that he had killed an American soldier, and would take comfort in it while in custody at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul.
“Khadr indicated that when he would get ‘pissed off’ with the guards at Bagram, he would recall his killing of the U.S. soldier and it would make him feel good.”…
“Khadr considered himself to be an active member of al-Qaida and he shared the same goals as the organization, which are to target and kill all Americans — whether civilian or military — anywhere they can be found, and to ‘plunder their money,'” the statement read….
…Khadr was “cold and callous” and “almost bragging” when he discussed his role in killing Speer in 2002.
What a surprise.