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Shhhh Obama Released Taliban Prisoners to Encourage ‘Peace’ Talks

Monday, August 12th, 2013

“If the U.S. president thinks it’s such a good idea for Israel to release convicted murderers, why doesn’t he release some of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay?” is the response we’ve been hearing to news stories about the United States pressuring Israel to release convicted murderers merely as a door prize for the Arab Palestinians for coming to the table to talk – no concessions, no commitments, nothing at all required of them.

It is unlikely to make the people who were asking the question feel better, but the answer is: He already did.

That’s right, somehow, in a story that seems to have flown below the radar, five members of the Taliban who had been detained at the U.S.’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba have been freed by the U.S.

It happened at the end of July.

But don’t worry, those five prisoners were released under a very strict condition: they had to agree that they would not engage in any violent activity. No word on whether the prisoners agreed to a serious pinky swear or if anyone checked to see if they were crossing their fingers when they promised not to hurt anybody ever again.

And the reason for the release?  To show the Taliban that the United States is serious about engaging in peace talks. Sound familiar?

But the U.S. drives a much tougher bargain than does Israel.  The U.S. was going to exchange the five Taliban terrorists for one American, U.S. Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

On the other hand, Bergdahl was not released, even though the Gitmo prisoners were.  Some tough bargainers.

Al-Qaeda Leaders Vow to Release all AQ Prisoners, Including at Gitmo

Monday, August 12th, 2013

One of the most wanted men on the planet, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, who heads the feared Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organization, released a statement assuring his imprisoned comrades that they would soon be released.

“The imprisonment will not last and the chains will be broken,” wrote al-Wuhayshi, according to a report by Al Jazeera, posted on Sunday, August 12.  “Your brothers are about to bring down the walls and thrones of evil… and victory is within reach,” al-Wuhayshi promised.

And if anyone could make a threat like that sound credible, it is al-Wuhayshi.

In 2006, the former secretary to Osama bin Laden escaped from a maximum security prison by digging his way out.  Al-Wuhayshi also united the Yemini and the Saudi branches of al Qaeda.  This is one of the most ruthless, creative, focused terrorist leaders currently alive – and none of his colleagues are exactly warm and cuddly.

At least in part, it was Al-Wuhayshi’s call to bin Laden’s successor, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, that triggered the recent closures of U.S. embassies and consulates across much of the Middle East and Africa. In late July, Al-Wuhayshi pledged loyalty to al-Zawahiri.

In the July message, al-Wuhayshi condemned the recent waves of drone strikes launched by the U.S. “Our war with this Zio-Crusader campaign is ongoing, for they are the ones who choose war, and their people clapped for them. We are people of war; we were born from its womb and we grew up in its midst. It is as if we were only created to fight them and bother them.”

The AQAP leader also pledged to ensure that Sharia law become the law of the land everywhere.

“Our project is to institute the Shariah of Allah on Earth and reject the man-made laws and constitutions,” Wuhayshi said. “Nothing will rule the country other than the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, [especially] not with words written in a constitution to deceive people: ‘Islamic Shariah is the source of legislation.’”

Although not part of the first wave of closures, the U.S. embassy in Yemen was shut down on Tuesday, August 6.  Unlike the U.S. outposts elsewhere in the Muslim world that were re-opened on Sunday, August 12, there is currently not even a tentative date for the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Yemen.

There have been nearly a dozen drone strikes in Yemen conducted by the U.S since late July, but terrorism continues unabated.  Five Yemeni soldiers were killed by al-Qaeda terrorists early Sunday morning.

Another trigger for the unprecedented number of U.S. embassy closures was what seemed to have become a pattern of prison breakouts in which large numbers of al-Qaeda prisoners have escaped. There were two prisons in Iraq from which prisoners escaped, and just a few days later, more than 1,000 prisoners escaped from a Benghazi prison in Libya.  And more than 200 prisoners were released by outside agitators in Pakistan.

Naturally the question arises whether the brazen message to imprisoned al-Qaeda prisoners that they would soon be released was also intended to include al-Qaeda prisoners in the U.S. controlled prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and whether officials were concerned about this possibility.

That question may have been addressed in a series of court briefings regarding certain frisk procedures that included “genital searches” for prisoners at the Gitmo facility, and whether descriptions of those procedures could be withheld from the public.

According to a declaration signed in June by Colonel John Bogdan, the prison warden at Guantanamo, certain details about “operational-security and force-protection procedures,” if made public, “would better enable our enemies to attack the detention facilities at Guantanamo or undermine security at the facility.”

Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda’s leader, identified the [Joint Task Force-Guantanamo] detention facilities as a target during a 22-minute video posted July 31, 2013, stating: ‘The terror network will spare no effort to free prisoners held at the US military-run detention centre in Cuba,” according to Al Jazeera.

UPDATED: Bulgarians: Bomber Was a Jihadist Who Spent Time in Guantanamo

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

UPDATE: 7/19/12 10:46PM Sources are indicating that the Swedish national that was held in Guantanamo is not the Burgas bomber. As soon as we know more, we’ll update the report.

 

Bulgarian TV has announced that Medi Muhammad Ghezali, the suicide bomber who killed seven people on Wednesday, five of them Israelis, was member of the International Jihad who spent a year in Guantanamo Bay prison.

This may mean that PM Netanyahu’s accusation that Iran was behind the attack could be wrong.

Ghezali was arrested in Pakistan in 2009 along with his wife and a group of foreigners, including seven Turks, according to NRG.

Bulgarian officials are currently denying that Ghezali was the bomber.

Released from Guantanamo, Al Qaeda Terrorist Launched Kidnapping Business

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Tag this one under Road, Hell, and Good-intentions…

According to the pro-Saudi publication Asharq Al-Awsat, suspected Al Qaeda terrorist Mishaal al-Shadoukhi has contacted the Saudi embassy in Yemen to claim responsibility for the kidnapping of Saudi diplomat Abdullah Al-Khalidi on behalf of the Al Qaeda organization, demanding an unspecified ransom, as well as the release of prisoners held by Riyadh, in exchange for the diplomat’s release.

Mishaal al-Shadoukhi, who is on the Saudi government’s list of most wanted fugitives, was at one point a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, and among the first detainees to be repatriated to Saudi Arabia.

Following his repatriation, he underwent a state-approved “Munasaha” rehabilitation program and was released.

Saudi Arabia’s “Munasaha” program is designed to get at the roots of terrorism in that country. It looks into the content of sermons, lectures, and religious gatherings in order to persuade people that extremism is not the way to move forward. As Saudi Gazette/Okaz reported, “the program combines the wisdom of a range of academics and experts in Shariah law to explain the ‘proper principles of Shariah law’ and includes women as advisors.” The program travels to areas targeted by the government due to their recent experiences and incidents of terror-related extremism.

Too bad that once al-Shadoukhi was fully rehabilitated, he fled to Yemen, rejoined Al Qaeda, and started kidnapping Saudi dignitaries for ransom.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/released-from-guantanamo-al-qaeda-terrorist-launched-kidnapping-business/2012/04/18/

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