President Obama made a campaign pledge to his supporters that he would shut down Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) before he leaves office, a promise that has proven to be a disaster. He has recklessly released KNOWN TERRORIST LEADERS who, immediately upon release rejoin their jihadist terrorist killers.
Well, it’s happened again. One of Obama’s GITMO jihads is now an AL QAEDA leader in Yemen.
Former GITMO prisoner Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani is back at doing what he does best- actively recruiting jihads for al-Qaeda.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a new video featuring the jihadi who claims to be a ‘leader.’
According to The Long War Journal, Ibrahim Qosi has been an AQAP leader since 2014- just 2 YEARS after he was released from detention and transferred his home country Sudan.
Qosi joined AQAP in 2014 and became one of its leaders. Qosi and other AQAP commanders discussed their time waging jihad at length in the video, entitled “Guardians of Sharia.”
Islamic scholars ensure the “correctness” of the “jihadist project,” according to Qosi. And the war against America continues through “individual jihad,” which al Qaeda encourages from abroad. Here, Qosi referred to al Qaeda’s policy of encouraging attacks by individual adherents and smaller terror cells. Indeed, AQAP’s video celebrates jihadists who have acted in accordance with this call, such as the Kouachi brothers, who struck Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris earlier this year. The Kouachi brothers’ operation was sponsored by AQAP.
Ibrahim al Qosi, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, now serves as a leader and spokesman for al Qaeda in Yemen.
The al Qaeda veterans shown in the video emphasized the importance of following the advice of recognized jihadist ideologues. Although AQAP’s men do not mention the Islamic State by name, they clearly have Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s group in mind. Al Qaeda has criticized the Islamic State for failing to follow the teachings of widely respected jihadist authorities, most of whom reject the legitimacy of Baghdadi’s self-declared “caliphate.”
Qosi’s appearance marks the first time he has starred in jihadist propaganda since he left Guantanamo. His personal relationship with Osama bin Laden and time in American detention make him an especially high-profile spokesman.
A leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment and other declassified files documented Qosi’s extensive al Qaeda dossier. In the threat assessment, dated Nov. 15, 2007, US intelligence analysts described Qosi as a “high” risk to the US and its allies.
“Detainee is an admitted veteran jihadist with combat experience beginning in 1990 and it is assessed he would engage in hostilities against US forces, if released,” JTF-GTMO found.
While detained at Guantanamo in 2003, Qosi was asked why he stayed true to bin Laden for so many years. According to JTF-GTMO, Qosi explained it was his “religious duty to defend Islam and fulfill the obligation of jihad and that the war between America and al Qaeda is a war between Islam and aggression of the infidels.”
Here’s the report from FOX:
So, why on earth would U.S. officials have deemed it a good idea to release Qosi? Was it that President Obama and John Kerry felt so confident that they had “neutralized” al-Qaida?
Or simply that, in President Obama’s mind, his ideological agenda must march on — security of the American people, be damned.
And that may be the only reason to explain this — and the fact that the U.S. just released five more detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates, in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. What’s the definition of insanity?
It would appear, based on this latest al-Qaida video, that by releasing GITMO prisoners, the U.S. is aiding and abetting terrorist recruitment — delivering back into their hands prime leaders and spokesman for the cause.
Enough to make you wonder (yet again), whose side is President Obama on anyway?