FORMER GITMO DETAINEES JOINING ISIS, AL-QAEDA-LINKED JIHADISTS IN SYRIA!

In this photo released 18 January 2002 by the Department of Defense, Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the surveillence of US military police at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility 11 January 2002.  The detainees, captured in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, are given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray blood samples drawn to assess their health.  AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Shane T. McCOY ORG XMIT: GTB06

In this photo released 18 January 2002 by the Department of Defense, Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the surveillence of US military police at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during in-processing to the temporary detention facility 11 January 2002. The detainees, captured in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, are given a basic physical exam by a doctor, to include a chest x-ray blood samples drawn to assess their health. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY / Shane T. McCOY ORG XMIT: GTB06

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Senior U.S. intelligence and Defense officials told Fox News that to up to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees may have returned to the battlefield, surmising that they have formed an alliance with Islamic State and other jihadist organizations including Al Qaeda in Syria.

There could be “as many as to 20 to 30” former Gitmo detainees, some of whom were liberated by the Obama administration within the last three years, suspected of linking up with Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) and other jihadist groups in Syria, the unnamed sources told Fox News. The news outlet reported that “of the 620 detainees released from Guantanamo Bay, 180 have returned or are suspected to have returned to the battlefield” where U.S. soldiers are waging a war on terror.  “Of those 180, sources say 20 to 30 have either joined ISIS or other militants groups in Syria, or are participating with these groups from outside countries,” the article explained. “Officials say most of those 20 to 30 are operating inside Syria.”

Top Pentagon officials acknowledged that former detainees who are released do return to the battlefield, but not many. “We know that some of the detainees that have come out of Guantanamo have gone back to the fight, the battlefield. We’re aware of that and we think that overall the policy of getting to close Guantanamo is clearly in the interest of the United States, as the president has articulated,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon today. “We believe that the recidivism is a relatively small fraction of those detainees which have been placed into conditions where the risk of recidivism is mitigated. But even one would not make someone wearing the uniform very content,”  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey added.

The unnamed official’s revelation vindicated trepidation that American forces would once again face jihadists who had already been removed from the battlefield, noted Fox News, adding that U.S. officials were unable to reveal the identities of the former detainees who have returned to the battlefield. A number of the released detainees have joined forces with “ISIS, on the ground inside Syria,” revealed Fox News. “Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.” Some are supporting Islamic extremism from outside the combat zone in Syria by monetarily sustaining jihadists’ operations and propaganda campaigns.

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The sources told Fox News that “the former detainees who have joined ISIS in Syria have migrated from the European and African countries which agreed to receive them from the United States. Egypt and Tunisia, as well as six European countries, are among them.”  There are 149 individuals still detained at Gitmo, according to the article, with 80 detainees currently qualified to be transferred out.

Obama promised to close Gitmo upon taking office in 2009. 

Via Breitbart

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