One-fourth of freed Guantánamo captives may have turned to terrorism

Miami HeraldDecember 8, 2010 

About one fourth of all released Guantánamo detainees have been confirmed or suspected of engaging in terrorism or insurgency activity, the vast majority of them freed in the Bush years, according to a new U.S. intelligence report.

The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, included the figure in a report filed with Congress on Tuesday that was required by the 2010 U.S. intelligence funding bill.

The 150 former Guantánamo detainees who turned to terrorism or may have done so include 83 men who are at large, 54 who are now in custody and 13 who have been confirmed dead.

In all, the U.S. has released some 600 captives from Guantánamo. Some have been repatriated to their home nations, others resettled in third countries and six were sent home after their deaths -- five of them apparent suicides.

The report said 81 men -- 13.5 percent of those released -- were confirmed to have gone on to plan, fund, conduct or recruit for attacks or suicide bombings on U.S. coalition forces or civilians.

In one of the most notorious confirmed cases, Kuwaiti Abdullah al Ajmi, 29, blew himself up in a truck bombing at Iraqi Army headquarters in Mosul in March 2008. He had spent three years at Guantánamo as Detainee No. 220 and was released through a Bush administration review process in 2005.

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