Tony Blair and the al-Qaeda bar, including white-shoe firms like Covington and Burling and nonprofit terrorist fronts like CAGE in the UK, swore that he was “wrongfully imprisoned” and “posed no threat.”
Last week, he killed 20 in a suicide-bomb attack on an Iraqi Army base in Mosul.
A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.
The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani, and two British security officials also confirmed the man was a 50-year-old Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith.
He was one of 16 men paid a total of 10 million pounds (now worth $12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the officials.
The Telegraph has further information, including a helpful timeline.
Jamal al-Harith A timeline of terror
Born as Ronald Fiddler in Manchester to parents of Jamaican origin
Travels to Sudan with “Abu Bakr, a well-known al-Qaeda operative”, his US prisoner file shows
Thought to have changed his name to Jamal al-Harith following Muslim conversion
Travels to the Pakistani city of Quetta for what he claimed was a religious holiday
Arrested by US forces in Pakistan as a suspected Taliban sympathiser
Sent to the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
2004Released from Guantanamo and successfully claims £1 million compensation after saying British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment
Enters Syria via Turkey in 2014 to join ISIL
Killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mosul
On the plus side, the son of a bitch is dead.
Fun fact: of the five Britons known to have joined ISIL and carried out terrorist attacks, a majority were from “the immigrant community.” How big a majority? Five of Five.