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Shock: Released Gitmo Detainee Spurns Quiet Retirement, Rejoins al-Qaeda

Via the Long War Journal:

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.

In July 2010, Qosi plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission. His plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan two years later, in July 2012.

Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 and became one of its leaders. Qosi and other AQAP commanders discussed their time waging jihad at length in the video, entitled “Guardians of Sharia.”

In February, Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary at the Department of Defense, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that 17.3 percent of all released Gitmo detainees are known to have rejoined the fight against the U.S., and another 12.4 percent are suspected of doing so — 184 detainees in all. At that time, only 48 had been killed or recaptured.

So glad the president’s campaign to empty Guantanamo Bay is proceeding apace!

Meanwhile, other terror-related news — from Minnesota:

Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of Eagan was charged Wednesday by criminal complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Court documents allege Warsame tried to help other young men from Minnesota’s Somali community travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. Nine others in that group have already been charged, authorities say.

(That’s not exactly a surprise. To date, more than 60 young Somali men and women have left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab, the Islamic State, and other Islamic terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Africa. It’s a serious problem that neither local leaders nor government officials have any idea how to solve.)

And Down Under:

CANBERRA, Australia—Police have charged five people including a teenage boy over plans to carry out a terror attack in Sydney, linking counterterrorism raids on Thursday to an earlier operation last December.

Australia’s Federal Police and its state counterparts said they had arrested a 15-year-old youth and a 20-year-old man, while three men already in prison on terrorism offenses were charged over involvement in the plan.

According to authorities, the 15-year-old arrested in the raid had connections to an Iranian-born 15-year-old killed by police moments after he gunned down a civilian police accountant outside Sydney in October.

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