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US Had ISIS Leader In Prison, But Let Him Go In 2009

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Iraq crisis: the jihadist behind the takeover of Mosul – and how America let him go

By Colin Freeman | 11 Jun 2014

The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it.

"Whoever released him"? Mr. Obama released him. (And he probably doesn’t regret it.)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [is] the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS)… Well-organised and utterly ruthless, the ex-preacher is the driving force behind al-Qaeda’s resurgence throughout Syria and Iraq, putting it at the forefront of the war to topple President Bashar al-Assad and starting a fresh campaign of mayhem against the Western-backed government in Baghdad…

In other words, Mr. al-Baghdadi is probably one of the terrorists Obama has been arming and funding to fight Bashar Assad.

Some describe him as a farmer who was arrested by US forces during a mass sweep in 2005, who then became radicalised at Camp Bucca, where many al-Qaeda commanders were held. Others, though, believe he was a radical even during the largely secular era of Saddam Hussein, and became a prominent al-Qaeda player very shortly after the US invasion…

Al-Baghdadi was captured by American forces in 2005. He spent four years a prisoner in Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. Where, lest we forget, some terrorists were transferred after the Abu Ghraib scandal. But the US military held up Camp Bucca as a model of how a detention facility should be run.

Detainees were allowed to organize their own classes on literacy and religion, and compete in soccer matches. — Cigarettes, tea, radio and TV programs were allowed as incentives for good behavior. Some detainees are even allowed family visitation from relatives.

But that still wasn’t enough. Al Baghdadi and the rest of the terrorists at Camp Bucca was released by the Obama administration in 2009, when they closed the prison. (Obama didn’t even bother to pretend it was part of a prisoner exchange.) But the detainees undoubtedly promised they would never return to the battlefield.

US intelligence reports from 2005, which describe him as al-Qaeda’s point man in Qaim, a fly-blown town in Iraq’s western desert. “Abu Duaa was connected to the intimidation, torture and murder of local civilians in Qaim”, says a Pentagon document. “He would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them.”

Why such a ferocious individual was deemed fit for release in 2009 is not known. One possible explanation is that he was one of thousands of suspected insurgents granted amnesty as the US began its draw down in Iraq…

We know why he was deemed fit for release. Just like Guantanamo, Obama deemed Camp Bucca to be bad for terrorists’ moral.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Had ISIS Leader In Prison, But Let Him Go In 2009”

  1. I’m sure he’s forgiven us ..


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