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21st November 2014 - The Long War Journal

5 Transferred Gitmo Detainees Served al Qaeda, Leaked Files Allege

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees yesterday. According to leaked threat assessments prepared by Joint Task Force Guantanamo, all five served al Qaeda. Four of the five were deemed either "high" or "medium to high" risks.

19th November 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Gitmo ‘Poet’ Now Recruiting for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

6th November 2014 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on the recent return of a Guantanamo detainee to Kuwait.

21st October 2014 - Cited by Catherine Herridge - Fox News

Taliban Claim Freed ex-Gitmo Prisoners Visited by Members of Terror Group

Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban are claiming that two senior members of the Haqqani terror network recently visited the five former Guantanamo detainees who were traded for an American soldier, raising new questions about the terms of their one-year house arrest in Qatar and eventual release in the spring as...

25th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Kuwaiti Gitmo Detainee Should Remain in US Custody, Review Board Finds

Thomas Joscelyn

A periodic review board has determined that Fayiz al Kandari, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, should remain in US custody.

25th July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Review Board Recommends Transfer of Guantanamo Detainee to Kuwait

Thomas Joscelyn

A periodic review board has recommended that Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda, a Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo since 2002, be transferred to his home country. Jihadists on Twitter celebrated the ruling before it was released to the public.

26th June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Arrested in Spain Tied to Infamous al Qaeda Cell

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee named Lahcen Ikassrien was arrested earlier this month in Spain. Authorities suspect that he has led a network responsible for sending jihadist...

22nd June 2014 - Quoted by Ricardo Mir De Francia - El Periodico Internacional

Guantánamo dóna ales a la lluita gihadista

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

La policia espanyola va desmantellar dilluns passat a Madrid una xarxa dedicada presumptament a captar gihadistes i enviar-los al Pròxim Orient per combatre a les ordres de l'Estat Islàmic de l'Iraq i el Llevant (ISIL)...

1st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

Taliban says ‘Five Senior Leaders’ Have Been ‘Liberated’ from Guantanamo

Thomas Joscelyn

Hours after the US government announced that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been released in exchange for the top five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo, the Taliban...

31st May 2014 - The Daily Beast

Here Are The Taliban Terrorists Obama Released To Free POW Bowe Bergdahl

Thomas Joscelyn

In exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the U.S. has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison...

31st May 2014 - The Long War Journal

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Exchanged for Top 5 Taliban Commanders at Gitmo

Thomas Joscelyn

The US government announced today that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban since 2009, has been released. Bergdahl was exchanged for the top five Taliban...

26th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Review Board Recommends Indefinite Detainee at Guantanamo be Transferred

Thomas Joscelyn

A review board set up to evaluate the cases of the remaining detainees held at Guantanamo has recommended that one of them be transferred. The detainee, Ali...

8th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Jordan Rearrests Ex-Gitmo Detainee Once Deemed a ‘High’ Risk

Thomas Joscelyn

Jordanian authorities have arrested nine members of the Salafi jihadist trend, including a former Guantanamo detainee named Osama...

7th April 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Al Qaeda in Egypt and a former Guantanamo detainee found dead in Syria.

4th April 2014 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Killed While Leading Jihadist Group in Syria

Bill Roggio

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to...

15th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Review Board Rules Against Guantanamo Detainee

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 5, a review board set up to evaluate the status of Guantanamo detainees determined that Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel

25th February 2014 - Cited by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Five top Gitmo Parolees Who Returned to Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

About 170, or 30% of released Guantanamo Bay detainees have gone on to engage in terrorist activities, and many have been Killed, died in fighting or were...

25th February 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Latest to be Suspected of Terrorism

Thomas Joscelyn

The arrest of a former Guantanamo prisoner in England on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism is the latest example of a failed release program that is setting free unrepentant...

25th February 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Real Moazzam Begg

Thomas Joscelyn

Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested earlier today as part of raid conducted by counterterrorism officials in the UK. Begg has spent most of...

21st January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Turkish Authorities Arrest Ex-Gitmo Detainee in Raids Against al Qaeda Cells

Thomas Joscelyn

Turkish counterterrorism forces reportedly arrested Ibrahim Sen, a former Guantanamo detainee, during raids against suspected al Qaeda members

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