British authorities must accept some responsibility for failing to sufficiently monitor Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq, before he left the UK to join Islamic State, a former government counter-terror strategist has said.
Ronald Fiddler, 50, who changed his name to Jamal al-Harith after converting to Islam in his 20s, but most recently went by the nom de guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, is said by Islamic State to have carried out the suicide attack on coalition forces near Mosul on Monday.
Fiddler, a British former Guantánamo Bay detainee, was reportedly paid £1m in compensation by the UK government after his release in 2004 from the US-operated military prison. In 2014, 10 years after he returned to the UK, he left for Syria to join ISIS.
Sky News reported:
A British man said by Islamic State to have detonated a suicide bomb attacking Iraqi forces in Mosul is former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ronald Fiddler, Sky sources have said.
IS named the bomber as Abu Zakariya al Britani, and claimed the vehicle he was in had exploded in Tal Kisum village, south of Mosul.
The “al Britani” name is often used by the extremist group to indicate a fighter’s British background.
Ronald Fiddler, 50, was one of five Britons released in 2004 after being held at America’s Guantanamo Bay detention centre, on Cuba, for more than two years..
Barack Obama told Yahoo in December 2015 that “only a handful” of Gitmo detainees has returned to a life of terrorism. The actual number is closer to 196… So he was only off by 191.
Former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, who is also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, is now an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.
In December Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard dissected Obama’s latest shocking lie.
It doesn’t match up at all. I think what we saw from the president there was sort of aggressive, breath-taking dishonesty. The president may not know how many Guantanamo detainees have been released but we do. 653. Of which, 196 are either confirmed or suspected recidivists. That is not a handful. That is about 40 handfuls. That’s far more than the president is suggesting. Beyond that the president said the United States has released only low-level individuals. Again, unequivocally false.
According to Obama’s own Director of National Intelligence, 117 former detainees are confirmed of returning to terror. 79 more detainees are suspected of returning to the fight. That’s a confirmed recidivism rate of 18% and a confirmed-suspected recidivism rate of 30%.