[Blast crater at Combat Outpost Inman. Photograph by Bill Roggio, Long War Journal]
If you follow the links, the first article from the Long War Journal (by Bill Roggio, March 23, 2008), describes a suicide car bombing in Mosul that killed 13 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 42. Roggio reports an “armored truck packed an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of explosives through the gate of the outpost and detonated in a spot between the three main buildings of the compound. The blast destroyed the facades of the three buildings, including the building housing the battalion headquarters.”
The second article, also from Long War Journal (Bill Roggio, June 26, 2008), identifies released Guantanamo detainee Abu Juheiman al Kuwaiti, also known as Abdullah Salih al Ajmi as the likely perpetrator of the terrorist attack. Roggio writes Ajmi, “claimed he was tortured while at Guantanamo Bay” and wanted to “reconnect with the Jihad.” Whether Ajmi was telling the truth or is not, the radical left will likely focus on his claim of torture and explain this was what drove him over the edge to commit an unspeakable act. As if Ajmi had no connection to political violence prior to his getting locked up. Internet Haganah terms this behavior, Jihadi Recidivism 101. I agree. If he wanted to “reconnect with the Jihad” that tells me Ajmi was already, at the least, involved with these sorts of terrorist activities.
He sure was.
Ajmi’s story is hardly unique. Some 500 detainees have been released from Guantanamo over the years, mostly into foreign custody. Another 65 of the remaining 270 detainees are also slated to go. Yet of all the prisoners released, the Pentagon is confident that only 38 pose no security threat. So much for the notion that the Gitmo detainees consist mostly of wrong-time, wrong-place innocents caught up in an American maw.
The Defense Intelligence Agency reported on May 1 that at least 36 former Guantanamo inmates have “returned to the fight.” They include Maulavi Abdul Ghaffar, who was released after eight months in Gitmo and later became the Taliban’s regional commander in Uruzgan and Helmand provinces. He was killed by Afghan security forces in September 2004.
Another former detainee, Abdullah Mahsud, was released from Guantanamo in March 2004. He later kidnapped two Chinese engineers in Pakistan (one of whom was shot during a rescue operation). In July 2007 he blew himself up as Pakistani police sought to apprehend him.
Ajmi’s case now brings the DIA number to 37. It’s worth noting that these are only the known cases. It is worth noting, too, that people like Ajmi were among those the Defense Department thought it would be relatively safe to free, or at least not worth the hassle and expense of the litigation brought about by cases like Rasul.
All this should give some pause to those – John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton among them – calling for closing Guantanamo. The prison is helping to save lives by keeping dangerous men from returning to the fight against our soldiers.
Stranger still are those who argue that people like Ajmi were somehow a creation of Guantanamo. They might want to have a chat with a detainee named Mohammed Ismail, who told the press after his release from Gitmo that his American captors “were very nice to me, giving me English lessons.” Ismail was recaptured four months later while attacking an American military position in Kandahar.
So why was Ajmi released?