This is no surprise. Our officials have been barred from learning anything accurate about Islam or jihad. So they have no viable way to evaluate these Guantanamo inmates. We will see yet more of this. “Terrorist released from Guantanamo Bay after convincing officials he was no longer a threat to the West is killed fighting for Al Qaeda in Syria,” by Sean Rayment for the Daily Mail, September 21 (thanks to Robert):
A former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who fought against British and US forces in Afghanistan has been killed while fighting for Al Qaeda in Syria.
Mohammed Al Alami was released from the top-security detention centre in 2006 after convincing officials that he was no longer a threat to the West.
The 37-year-old, who spent four years in custody, claimed he confessed to being a terrorist only after being beaten and threatened with death.
But it has now been revealed that he was killed last month while fighting for Al Nusra Front, one of the most violent and ruthless Islamic groups in Syria.
A video posted on YouTube last week showed a funeral in which Alami is praised by a rebel leader for enduring “˜the prison of the Americans in Guantanamo… where he did not reform or change”.
The disclosure will further fuel concerns that Britain and the United States should not become embroiled in Syria’s civil war, in which Al Qaeda-affiliated groups are playing an increasingly prominent role, with hundreds of rebel fighters reportedly defecting to them.
Western intelligence agencies including MI6 and the CIA fear that any weapons sent to bring down the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad could used to attack the West in the future.
One official said last night that, in addition to the defections, Syria had experienced a “˜massive influx” of Islamists seeking jihad in recent months.
The official added: “˜Volunteers have come from Chechnya, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Australia and even Britain.
We are now seeing in-fighting between various rebel groups and the Islamists may soon become the dominant force.”
May soon become? They already are.
Moroccan-born Alami confessed to fighting against US and British Special Forces in Afghanistan shortly after the September 11 attacks.
He was captured three months later, following the fall of the Taliban, while attempting to cross into Pakistan.
He was handed over to the CIA before being flown out of Afghanistan, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and manacled to the floor of a US transport aircraft.
During his interrogation, which is believed to have taken place at the covert CIA prison in Bagram airbase, Alami admitted being a member of Al Qaeda.
He said he attended the Al Farouq paramilitary camp in Afghanistan where he saw Osama Bin Laden, who was there “˜to encourage and reinforce the trainees” commitment to the cause of jihad”….