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22nd April 2016 - The Long War Journal

Taliban touts Bergdahl swap as key ‘achievement’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban says the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five top Taliban commanders in 2014 was a major “achievement” in its war against the West and its allies. The claim was made in a lengthy video released on the Taliban’s official website, Voice of Jihad, earlier this month.

18th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers 9 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense (DOD) announced on Apr. 16 that nine Guantanamo detainees, all from Yemen, have been transferred to Saudi Arabia.

4th April 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers 2 Guantanamo detainees to the Republic of Senegal

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense and State Department announced today that two Libyans have been transferred from Guantanamo to the Republic of Senegal in West Africa.

16th February 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Military Tells Congress It Can’t Send Gitmo Detainees to U.S.

Thomas Joscelyn

Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed.

15th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo detainee prominently featured in al Qaeda propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim al Qosi has become a prominent fixture in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) propaganda since early December, when he first revealed that he is a senior leader in the group. Qosi most recently delivered a two-part critique of the Saudi monarchy,...

21st January 2016 - The Long War Journal

US transfers Egyptian Guantanamo detainee who became a ‘highly prolific source’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed Al Sawah, an Egyptian who had been held at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to the Government of Bosnia.

16th January 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Terrorists Freed by Obama

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a “milestone” in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14...

8th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

‘High Risk’ Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that Fayez al Kandari, who was detained at Guantanamo since 2002, has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait.

7th January 2016 - The Long War Journal

Ghana Falsely Claims 2 Former Guantanamo Detainees Were ‘Cleared of Any Involvement’ in Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department has announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees to the West African nation of Ghana. The now former detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al Dhuby, are citizens of Yemen.

31st December 2015 - Quoted by Lauren Carroll- Politifact

Is Guantanamo a ‘Key Componenet’ of Terrorist Propoganda?

Thomas Joscelyn

Supporters of closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, including President Barack Obama, often refer to the military prison’s existence as a major recruitment tool for terrorist groups.

10th December 2015 - Quoted by FOX News

Former Guantanamo Detainee Appears In Latest Al Qaeda In Yemen Video

A former Guantanamo detainee has appeared in the latest video released this week by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

9th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Now An Al Qaeda Leader In Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring a former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

8th November 2015 - Quoted by Brian Dowling - The Boston Herald

Pentagon Expected to Present Plan to Close Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Pentagon is expected this week to unveil a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move terrorists to U.S. soil, suggesting prisons such as the ­Supermax in Colorado that houses marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suitable site for detainees whom officials believe...

4th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

More Than 100 Ex-Gitmo Recidivists At Large

Thomas Joscelyn

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has released its latest statistics on the number of former Guantanamo detainees who are either confirmed or suspected of returning to the fight. As expected, there has been a slight increase in the number of ex-detainees who have...

2nd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar.

29th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

CNN: 1 of the Taliban 5 Back in the Game

Thomas Joscelyn

CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that the U.S. military and intelligence community thinks that one member of the so-called Taliban Five “has attempted to return to militant activity from his current location in Qatar.”

28th January 2015 - Cited by Michael Helm - Townhall.com

Second Chances for Jihadists Must Stop

Most Americans do not know who Ali al-Marri is and it is my sincere hope that they never find out because of another horrendous attack.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Jordan Schachtel - Breitbart

Obama-Freed Al Qaeda Terrorist Welcomed Home as Hero in Qatar

A former Al Qaeda operative and Guantanamo detainee has been freed from an American citizen and sent home to the gulf state of Qatar.

20th January 2015 - Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama Releases Convicted Terrorist al-Marri

David Andrew Weinberg

Long War Journal reports that the Obama administration has released Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri from a U.S. prison – not from Gitmo, but from a civilian jail after a federal terrorism conviction.

17th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the...

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