Returning to Terrorism Increases
Washington Free Beacon
Three additional terrorists once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison were confirmed as having returned to terrorism after their release, and two others joined the ranks of those suspected of rejoining jihad against the West, according to a US intelligence report made public last week.
The report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence also reveals that three of the confirmed returning terrorists were killed since January, when the last report to Congress was made public.
Of the 603 terrorists released from the prison, 100 are now confirmed as having returned to terrorism. Of those, 17 are dead, 27 are in custody, and 56 are free. Released detainees suspected of having returned to terrorism number 74, including two that are dead, 25 that are in custody, and 47 no longer being held.
By contrast, in January there were a total of 97 released prisoners who returned to terrorism and another 72 who were suspected of re-engaging in terrorism.
Thomas Joscelyn, a terrorism analyst with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said releasing Guantanamo inmates increases the danger they will return to jihad.
"Once a detainee is transferred from Guantanamo to his home country, or a third country, there is no guarantee that appropriate security measures will be put in place," Joscelyn said in an email. "Yet, the US government frequently requires the receiving country to enact such measures as part of the transfer agreement. Thus, even detainees who are known to be very dangerous have rejoined the fight after leaving Guantanamo."
The ODNI report also warned against the unconditional release of additional prisoners from the detention facility because of the risk they will go back to terror attacks or insurgent activity.
"Based on trends identified during the past ten years, we assess that if additional detainees are transferred without conditions from GTMO, some will re-engage in terrorist or insurgent activities," the report said. "Transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability as well as active recruitment by insurgent and terrorist organizations pose a particular problem."
President Barack Obama in May announced that he was lifting a ban on the transfer of Guantanamo inmates to Yemen, where the al Qaeda affiliate Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has emerged a major threat. The group has orchestrated several attempted terrorist attacks, including the attempted bombings of US airliners and threats to attack US facilities overseas.
Obama announced May 23 that he was lifting the ban on transfers of former prisoners to Yemen so that the inmates' status can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In a speech, he also announced a renewed push to close the prison located at the US naval base located on a US-controlled enclave of the communist-ruled island.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was formed by several former Guantanamo inmates in 2009, including Nasser Al Wuhayshi, a former secretary to Osama bin Laden, and Said Al Shihri, who was killed by a US drone in January.
Last month, the US government ordered the closure of 19 embassies over concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda terrorists were plotting attacks.
Additionally, the al Qaeda affiliate in Libya known as Ansar al Sharia is led by a former Guantanamo inmate named Abu Sufian bin Qumu.
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