Thursday, May 08, 2008

From Guantanamo to Mosul 

Former prisoner becomes a suicide bomber in Iraq:
A former Kuwaiti detainee at the US camp at Guantanamo Bay carried out a recent suicide bombing in northern Iraq, the US military has said.

A spokesman for US Central Command told the Associated Press that Abdullah al-Ajmi took part in an attack in Mosul on 29 April that killed several people.

Ajmi and two other Kuwaitis blew up two explosive-packed vehicles next to Iraqi security forces, media reports say.

The US transferred Ajmi to Kuwaiti custody from Guantanamo Bay in 2005.

He was later acquitted by a Kuwaiti court of terrorism charges.

According to Kuwaiti and pan-Arab media reports, Ajmi and his two alleged accomplices, Nasir al-Dawsari and Badr al-Harbi, were able to leave Kuwait a month ago without alerting the attention of the authorities because they had wrongly been issued new passports.

They then travelled to Syria, where Ajmi is reported to have told his family of his intentions, before heading onto Iraq.

The families of Ajmi and Harbi reportedly later received anonymous calls informing them that the men had died in Iraq.
Was he one of the detainees who was picked up/given to the US erroneously by Afghan/Pakistanis or was he really in Afghanistan for terror reasons? I don't think too highly of Kuwait's justice system, but then again, I don't know much about their justice system. That said, if he couldn't be convicted in Kuwait, was this a case of being imprisoned in Gitmo, for 3 years, making Ajmi into a terrorist?


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