Via Robert Gehl:
Despite pleas from the military and Republicans, in 2012, the Obama released a terrorist who is now an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen.
The Long War Journal is reporting Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, was released by the Obama administration as part of a “plea deal” in 2012. He was transferred to his home country of Sudan. He spent eight years in the prison before cutting the deal.
In exchange for agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, al Qosi received a suspended sentence that required him to serve two more years at Guantanamo. He had been detained at Guantanamo since 2002.
Lo and behold, two years later, Qosi joined up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and became one of their terrorist leaders.
This week, AQAP released a video featuring Qosi.
Qosi and other AQAP commanders discussed their time waging jihad at length in the video, entitled “Guardians of Sharia.”
Islamic scholars ensure the “correctness” of the “jihadist project,” according to Qosi. And the war against America continues through “individual jihad,” which al Qaeda encourages from abroad. Here, Qosi referred to al Qaeda’s policy of encouraging attacks by individual adherents and smaller terror cells. Indeed, AQAP’s video celebrates jihadists who have acted in accordance with this call, such as the Kouachi brothers, who struck Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris earlier this year. The Kouachi brothers’ operation was sponsored by AQAP.
The al Qaeda veterans shown in the video emphasized the importance of following the advice of recognized jihadist ideologues. Although AQAP’s men do not mention the Islamic State by name, they clearly have Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s group in mind. Al Qaeda has criticized the Islamic State for failing to follow the teachings of widely respected jihadist authorities, most of whom reject the legitimacy of Baghdadi’s self-declared “caliphate.”
Qosi’s appearance marks the first time he has starred in jihadist propaganda since he left Guantanamo. His personal relationship with Osama bin Laden and time in American detention make him an especially high-profile spokesman.
At the time of his release, Republicans and members of the military denounced the move.
Decision to release Ibrahim al Qosi from Guantanamo is disgraceful: http://t.co/zTXJZJCT
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) July 12, 2012
A leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment and other declassified files portray al Qosi as a devoted follower of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. In the JTF-GTMO threat assessment, dated Nov. 15, 2007, US intelligence analysts deemed him to be a “high” risk to the US and its allies.
“Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against US forces, if released,” the memo reads.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Mr. President, you’re NOT helping.