Surprise: Freed Gitmo detainee carried out suicide bombing in Iraq

posted at 2:07 pm on May 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

So says his cousin to Al Arabiya, relaying a phone call he got from a “friend” two weeks after our man went missing from home in Kuwait. When killers are released prematurely from U.S. prisons and go on to commit other heinous crimes, the media usually has a field day with it. (Ask Mike Huckabee.) Let’s see how much attention this gets by comparison.

A friend of Abdullah Saleh al-Ajmi in Iraq informed his family that Abdullah carried out the attack in Mosul, his cousin Salem told the Dubai-based television channel.

“We were shocked by the painful news we received this afternoon … through a call from one of the friend’s of martyr Abdullah in Iraq,” said Salem al-Ajmi in a telephone interview aired by Arabiya.

He did not say when the suicide bombing happened.

Abdullah had been missing for two weeks and his family learned he left Kuwait illegally for Syria, he said. Abdullah had sent messages to his wife from Iraq.

You simply must spend some time with his Wikipedia page — yes, as one of the poor waifs of Gitmo, he has his very own — and pay special attention to the details about him recited in the list of factors from his Administrative Review Board hearing. His response to the charges, aside from insisting “I don’t have a grudge against the Americans”? To deny that he’d ever been to Afghanistan at all, leaving one to wonder how he ended up in the custody of U.S. troops going about his business in Pakistan. Money quote from the transcript:

Board Member: Al Ajmi I believe that your dedication to your religion is genuine, what direction or path will that dedication take should you be released?

Al Ajmi: For peace.

I can’t find any explanation for why he was turned over to Kuwait. Possibly because he was wanted there on charges of fundraising for Al Qaeda (and ultimately duly acquitted, natch) or possibly as a goodwill gesture from Uncle Sam to the international community, to prove that we’re willing to let jihadist cretins go even when they promise to go right back to doing what they do. Do keep your eyes peeled for further details about that Mosul bombing he’s being blamed for, though, and send me the links if you find anything. Doubtless this’ll be spun as the horrors of Gitmo having turned a carefree lad of 22 into a hardened, disgruntled jihad-bot bent on revenge against his captors — which, if so, should lead us to predict that his Mosul operation targeted U.S. troops, not Iraqi soldiers or civilians. Anyone want to wager on who his target actually was?


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Say it isn’t so?

carbon_footprint on May 1, 2008 at 2:09 PM

What could we have done to him in Gitmo that turned him to this life of violence?

Mr. Bingley on May 1, 2008 at 2:10 PM

“Hey, maybe he WAS a terrorist after all!”

mojo on May 1, 2008 at 2:11 PM

What does McCain have to say about this?

j0 on May 1, 2008 at 2:12 PM

We should be following the Hague convention to the letter.

Get captured fighting out of uniform, and get put up against a wall and shot.

Kristopher on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

This is horrible. But the libs will just claimed he was an innocent lad who was only radicalized because he was unjustly imprisoned at Gitmo.

BuzzCrutcher on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

From CNN sorry cant post the link for some reason

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Three suicide bombers and a car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday capped off a day of nationwide violence that left at least 15 people dead and 94 wounded, police and Iraqi officials said.

Six people were killed and five were hurt when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest walked up to an Iraqi police checkpoint in Mosul, according to an Interior Ministry official.

Two of the dead were police officers.

Earlier, a suicide bomber slammed his car into an Iraqi army checkpoint in Mosul’s Al-Tahreer neighborhood, a police official said.

Six people were wounded, Iraqi officials said. The U.S. military said two Iraqi citizens were killed.

A third suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed fuel tanker in the city’s western al-Ruman area, wounding 15 civilians, the official said. The U.S. military said 40 people were wounded, 30 of them Iraqi soldiers.

William Amos on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

“What could we have done to him in Gitmo that turned him to this life of violence?”

A firing squad? Oh, wait…

Leopold Stotch on May 1, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Wow, and who da thunk he would go back to the “old” ways.

upinak on May 1, 2008 at 2:14 PM

How could this happen? I thought that the military is keeping people at Gitmo just for the sadistic fun of it.

thuja on May 1, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Second look at military tribunals?

Is McCain available for comment?

awake on May 1, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Another reason to vote for McCain. He’s for closing Guantanamo so that we won’t have any ex-detainees carrying out suicide bombs against our troops. GREAT idea that maverick has. . . treat the terrorists like American citizens. No torture, no guantanamo, and give them a trial with taxpayer appointed lawyers.

Oh yes, that McCain he’s tough on terror alright. Is there any wonder that congress has a worse approval rating than the president? I only wonder why the main parties think that we want to reward their poor approval rating by electing another one of them for at least another 4 years. They must think they’re doing a heckuva job, brownie.

ThackerAgency on May 1, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Doubtless this’ll be spun as the horrors of Gitmo having turned a carefree lad of 22 into a hardened, disgruntled jihad-bot bent on revenge against his captors — which, if so, should lead us to predict that his Mosul operation targeted U.S. troops, not Iraqi soldiers or civilians.

Yep – they will try to spin this in support of shutting down that torture chamber that is Gitmo. Bush’s policies did this to the poor chap (sarcasm).

Rick on May 1, 2008 at 2:19 PM

From the MSM I expect we will hear…crickets….

HawaiiLwyr on May 1, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Board Member: Al Ajmi I believe that your dedication to your religion is genuine, what direction or path will that dedication take should you be released?

Al Ajmi: For peace pieces of human bodies.

I’m all for weeding out innocent ones captured, but those who are jihadists, keep them locked up until thw war is over. In about 100 years.

rbj on May 1, 2008 at 2:22 PM

And Hollyweed makes a sitcom movie about Harold and Kumar. Idiots.

kirkill on May 1, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Stand by for the far-left to shriek that the suicide mission was actually a result of the detention, ignoring the fact that he wasn’t exactly picking daisies when he was originally picked up. There was a reason he was detained to begin with, and it wasn’t because he was wearing white after Labor Day.

amerpundit on May 1, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Kristopher on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Hear, hear!

Kafir on May 1, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Yes, well, this should strengthen any argument to try these criminals here on the mainland. /

Geronimo on May 1, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Too bad we couldn’t have helped with a daisy-cutter.

subbottomfeeder on May 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Keep Club Gitmo Open!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on May 1, 2008 at 2:30 PM

E. Based upon a review of recommendations from U.S. agencies and classified and unclassified documents, Al Ajmi is regarded as a continued threat to the United States and its Allies.

Above from the Wiki page Allah listed above. Why was he let out of he was perceived as a continued threat and constantly in trouble at Gitmo?
This is why I don’t trust anything the government does. Common sense seems to be the enemy in Govt. affairs.

Geronimo on May 1, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Hmmmmmm … could a jihadist be just like a pedophile? Kinda sounds like it, to me.

Let ‘em go, and they will act.

I realize that, in this type of war, it’s necessary to interrogate prisoners. But, if taking jihadi prisoners [prisoners in no army - prisoners without uniforms - prisoners who intentionally put civilians in harm's way, in order to protect themselves] means that they can ultimately be released to kill Americans. Then – don’t take jihadi prisoners. Or, interrogate them and then shoot them.

But, we can’t fight a savage war like we did in the Pacific. Nope, we have rules. Rules that shouldn’t apply to jihadis, but do.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 1, 2008 at 2:34 PM

I am shocked…SHOCKED!

Why would an innocent, peace-loving, victim of the Bush regime do such a thing? If only we imperialists hadn’t prodded him to such violence.

Grafted on May 1, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Doubtless this’ll be spun as the horrors of Gitmo having turned a carefree lad of 22 into a hardened, disgruntled jihad-bot bent on revenge against his captors

That’s exactly how the apologist left will spin it, after all in their pea brains terrorism didn’t exist until the evil Bushitler and Darth Cheney started the current War for Oil under the guise of going after the perps of 9-11 and the WMD’s that “didn’t exist!”

Bushhitler lied…people died, and now they (the Arabs) hate us!

Man it hurts when I channel leftards!

Liberty or Death on May 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Anyone want to wager on who his target actually was?

A terrorist act carried out in the name of Islam? Well, let’s start with who his target wouldn’t be, that’ll be quicker.

Grafted on May 1, 2008 at 2:39 PM

No surprise. I remember seeing somewhere a couple of years ago that at the time , it had been confirmed that over twenty of those released from Gitmo had been recaptured or killed on the battlefield – and that’s just confirmed.
But, by all means , release all of them.

tomk59 on May 1, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Now wait a dang minute. We apparently had insufficient evidence to show that the captured terrorist was in fact dangerous. We released him from Gitmo, and then he attacks innocents in Iraq.

Can we start dipping our bullets in Pork and burying the terrorists in freshly slaughtered pig skins yet? Frankly, we can end the War on Terror with a big old V by attacking the enemies mental motivation.

Snake307 on May 1, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Al Ajmi: For peace.

Another clue that Islamic peace is not peace, just like Islamic justice is not justice.

Connie on May 1, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I asked Bill Roggio to confirm this at http://www.longwarjournal.org/cgi-bin/mt-comments.r999.cgi?entry_id=13695

amr on May 1, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Just another Jihadi for peace, or is it pieces?

I’m certain he’s off getting drunk on Mohammad wine and having a great time with black-eyed virgins in Muslim heaven. Isn’t that the party line? No getting drunk or women until you blow yourself up? Someone should rate the life expectancy of these psychos once they are released from Club Gitmo.

Hening on May 1, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I strongly suspect that we are already handing out compensation pay to the relatives of the victims for allowing this guy to escape custody. Our dollars.

Buddahpundit on May 1, 2008 at 2:54 PM

The superdelegates are petitioning to put closing Gitmo into the democratic platform. I think the actual wording is, “The US must promise to play nice and not run with scissors.”

Quisp on May 1, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Hening on May 1, 2008 at 2:51 PM

2 weeks from the looks of it.

upinak on May 1, 2008 at 2:55 PM

SNAKE 307
That would not be PC and would incited the Islamists by not showing true respect for their religion. Remember we are not allowed to upset our enemies. /sarcasm. We learned to fight the Japanese on the terms needed to win. Today’s American civilians don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do what is necessary to win; at least within the bounds of the Greatest Generation. The old saying I’d rather be Red than Dead is now replaced with I’d rather Surrender and be Dead.

amr on May 1, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I fixed the article at wikipedia:

Suicide Bombing after Release

On May 1, 2008, Al Ajmi’s cousin told Al Arabiya television that Al Ajmi had carried out a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq. [14], bringing into question claims made by Al Ajmi and his legal counsel regarding his peaceful intentions.

DaveS on May 1, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Why aren’t we executing them? How many lives would it have saved?

Tim Burton on May 1, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Doubtless this’ll be spun as the horrors of Gitmo having turned a carefree lad of 22 into a hardened, disgruntled jihad-bot bent on revenge against his captors

This reminds me of the post you (AP) wrote when you decided to stop blogging for a while a few years ago… we all already know what every blog will write about this before they even write it or we read it.

Lame and depressing…

AlexB on May 1, 2008 at 3:28 PM

The nation is filled with conflicting ideologies, and therefore no one gets to do the sensible thing, even when it’s dead obvious. It’s inevitable that someone will sue, whine to the media, or stir up racial tensions just to make the good guys second guess themselves. Democracy can’t function when 50% of its citizens are brain dead.

leftnomore on May 1, 2008 at 3:32 PM

What does McCain have to say about this?

j0 on May 1, 2008 at 2:12 PM

STOP all immagration NOW!!

OPEN all boarders NOW!!

END all boarder patrols NOW!!

allrsn on May 1, 2008 at 3:45 PM

This is why there’s repeat offenders,please notice that
Jihady’s don’t have repeat infidel problem’s,there either
beheaded or the Jihadys free them beheaded!(Sarc!)

There’s absolutely no reason a Jihady should be set free,
seriously they must laugh their ass’s off at this stupidity!

SSShhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,be very,very quiet,there’s still a
War on Terror,this is why 2000lb, J-Dam bombs should be
frequently encouraged to go astray,oops hey Ralph another
Jihady has bit the dust,oh thats just horribly!(Snark).

Can’t these guy’s be GPS Chipped,(Screw the ACLU)and at the
leisure of the new conversion of SLBM,removal of the nuke
warhead with conventional warhead and a strike capability
to strike any target globally in less than a 1/2 hour would
help!

canopfor on May 1, 2008 at 3:48 PM

We should be following the Hague convention to the letter.

Get captured fighting out of uniform, and get put up against a wall and shot.

Kristopher on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Exactly right.

MrLynn on May 1, 2008 at 3:49 PM

From the wikipedia page:

On May 1, 2008, Al Ajmi’s cousin told Al Arabiya television that Al Ajmi had carried out a suicide bombing in Mosul, Iraq. [14], bringing into question claims made by Al Ajmi and his legal counsel regarding his peaceful intentions.

That is the closest the “editor” of he page could bring himself to admitting we realsed someone who should have continued to be in our custody.

Wow.

VolMagic on May 1, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I guess spending to much time in the tropics is stressful.

Now onto the serious side. WTF? This is the kind of thing that just sends me off the deep end. Just last week my “Intro to Japan” prof. was comparing Japanese political prisoners imprisoned by Japan in the 1930′s to the douche bags at Gitmo. No comparison. I can’t wait to bring this up tonight. Unfreakin believable.

RIP the poor souls killed.

VikingGoneWild on May 1, 2008 at 4:01 PM

DaveS on May 1, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Oh, that was you? What’s with the “bringing into question” bit?

VolMagic on May 1, 2008 at 4:02 PM

What does McCain have to say about this? I don’t know ask him, but he never said we should just turn all those people loose. And he did give the president the bill he asked for in 2006 for military trials after the Supreme Court shot down tribunals. McCain has not just said turn them loose. And it was not McCain who turned this guy loose.

Terrye on May 1, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Phewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Fired off three e-mails to Mosul upon reading this story.
No response yet but it is 1-2am there.

If anyone gets anything POST IT! thanks.

Limerick on May 1, 2008 at 4:11 PM

See what an animal Gitmo turned him into!

/sarc off

max1 on May 1, 2008 at 4:24 PM

We should be following the Hague convention to the letter.

Get captured fighting out of uniform, and get put up against a wall and shot.

Kristopher on May 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Right, after we torture every bit of information out of them out.

Tim Burton on May 1, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Wonder what his American lawyer is thinking?

“Out, damn’d spot! out, I say…. Here’s the smell of blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand”.

BillyRuffn on May 1, 2008 at 4:30 PM

As far as I’m concerned anyone put in Gitmo should NEVER be freed!!! They are there for a reason and to think that McCain et al want to do away with it?????
Why?? And no waterboarding??? I don’t get it at all, these maniacs are heinous killers and we want to treat them nice?
Again, why?

Conservatives R Us on May 1, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Must be a slow news day, nothing happening…goodnight.
The response from MSM

right2bright on May 1, 2008 at 4:48 PM

People please! Let’s not jump to conclusions. He’s probably just too busy at his barbershop to respond. That’s the only kind of people kept in Gitmo…barbers, shopkeepers and such. Or maybe he’s touring with Cusack promoting his newest troof movie. He might have had a bit role in it.

oakpack on May 1, 2008 at 4:55 PM

BBC carrying this:

Wedding bombing by man and woman near Baquba, many dead
but no link to this particular terrorist…
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7378406.stm

Limerick on May 1, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Anybody here old enough to remember the malathion spraying in California for the fruit flies? I suggest we grind up some port into a very fine mist, and then spray it over areas where insurgents are. They can breathe it in and enjoy their pork surprise.

TimothyJ on May 1, 2008 at 5:08 PM

Sorry: port=pork

TimothyJ on May 1, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Wheres the WH Communications shop on this? This isnt the first time a Gitmo parolee has gone on to bigger and better things in their chosen profession, either.

Every time something like this happens, the WH should have at least a top ranking DOD Undersec or Dana Perino or as High ranking a head as they can locate to forcefeed this stuff to the WH Press Corps.
then when the MSM dont report on it, the WH should be going back for another at-bat, slamming reporters right to their faces, on camera, for not doing their jobs.

Where is the WH public communications activity dealing with this now semi-frequent news? Answer: NOWHERE.

All we ever hear is half-dead shrieking harpies like
Whats-her-nuts Redgrave the actress saying Gitmo is a “concentration camp,” without the WH or the admin generally doing Jack Squat to defend itself.

Yeeaarrgghh!!!!!!

Mike D. on May 1, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Execute every last one of them. Don’t think they wouldn’t do the same if given the chance…

stacman on May 1, 2008 at 5:34 PM

I’ve been all over the net looking for more info (domestic & foreign). Other then the BBC and Sky (the same story I posted above) not a peep is to be heard so far.

Limerick on May 1, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Well no big suprise huh? I mean what do you expect a mild mannered follower of the religion of peace to do after being subjected to all that waterboarding and koran flushing?

conservnut on May 1, 2008 at 5:45 PM

How does one get to be a “Board Member” at Gitmo? Is serving on the Woods Foundation a resume’ enhancer for that position?

Buy Danish on May 1, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Sounds to me like we need a “leash law” for the Gitmo crazies:

As a condition of getting out, a sponsor (who must be a responsible adult with a verifiable address and phone number who owns property and pays taxes and is willing to post at least a $1 million dollar bond) is required. The sponsor is responsible for keeping them out of trouble and out of other people’s yards. If the Gitmo alumnus steps out of bounds, you round him up and also jail and/or fine the sponsor.

This would cut down on the foolishness, as the world would quickly run out of sponsors.

landlines on May 1, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Other then the wedding bombing in Baquba, and a single bomb in Baghdad (one U.S. soldier killed), I still haven’t found anything about suicide bombings today in Mosul.

Limerick on May 1, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Shoot ‘em when you catch ‘em or you get this reward for your pussyfooting.

profitsbeard on May 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

VolMagic on May 1, 2008 at 4:02 PM

that was you? What’s with the “bringing into question” bit?

I thought it was a fun, snarky/sarcastic edit. :-)

DaveS on May 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Lying POS Terrorists – 1

Weak-kneed Politicians – 0

Hammie on May 1, 2008 at 8:34 PM

We deserve to be chastised for allowing this “detainee” to leave Gitmo without more sensitivity training, introduction to a support group, and job placement help – it’s no wonder he was pi$$ed.

Garnet92 on May 1, 2008 at 8:38 PM

The last I checked, the Geneva Conventions only apply to uniformed combatants. The original determination was correct: they are unlawful combatants. Despite the fact that they are more or less criminals, they are in fact combatants. Because of this, these men, just like any enemy captured on the battlefield, these enemy combatants cannot be released until the end of the conflict.
If these men were transported to Gitmo, there is a very good reason for it. Otherwise, they would have been released on the battlefield.
Can’t imagine why we’re using Gitmo versus a detainment facility here in the States.

Send_Me on May 1, 2008 at 9:04 PM

Mikey ‘The Huckster’ Huckabee has a much more recent example of excusing known criminals of society…look at his pardon of Jeremiah Wright;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNwMPNxwHmQ

Winghunter on May 1, 2008 at 9:42 PM

DaveS on May 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

I gotcha. Reading it as snark, it’s pretty good. Someone has edited it, however.

VolMagic on May 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Send_me 5/1 9:04

They were not brought into the US as were the German and Italian POWs because they are not POWs in the international legal sense. But once in the US our courts COULD have jurisdiction via lawsuits. That has already been tried and failed since they are in GITMO. Imagine all of these guys in civilian courts with the required rules of evidence. Most would probably be released rather the government go through what would be required; maybe including releasing legal rules of engagement we would rather keep off the record. Remember the year long trial in VA of the dirty bomb defendant, José Padilla, that the courts said must be tried in civilian court because he was an American arrested in the US. It was on its way to the SCOTUS over his military detention when the government reversed itself.

What was done to José Padilla initially was what President Lincoln did to those out of uniform supporting the Confederacy. I can understand why there were many, what we would call, ex-constitutional excesses under Lincoln’s use of the military then with the country in civil war, but I don’t remember arrest and trial by the military being declared unconstitutional at the time. He even issued an arrest warrant for the Chief Justice of the United States, Roger B. Taney, following his opinion in the case of Ex parte Merryman (May, 1861) The suspension of Habious Corpus was declared unconstitutional which Lincoln ignored.

I laugh when people accuse President Bush of becoming a dictator for the Padilla action and other things such as FISA and the Patriot Act. They have no idea of what living under a real dictatorship entails, I’ve been there, done that for a month and that was enough.

amr on May 2, 2008 at 8:32 AM