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Another Former Gitmo Inmate Returns to Al Qaeda

John on September 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

The Local reports on the arrest, in Pakistan, of a Swede who spent two years in Guantanamo:

Mehdi Ghezali — a Swedish citizen who was arrested in Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion and spent two years in Guantanamo Bay — was among the 12 foreigners arrested last month in Pakistan, a security official said.

The group’s members were detained at Dera Ghazi Khan, on the border between Pakistan’s central Punjab and North West Frontier Province, where government troops have fought against encroaching Taliban militants.

“Authorities at the Punjab-NWFP border on August 28, arrested a group of 12 foreigners including Swedish, Turkish and Russian nationals,” the official said. The group entered Pakistan from Iran, he added.

“The suspects are being questioned about their links with Al-Qaeda,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

A Swedish woman with a two-and-half-year-old boy were among those arrested, who said they were Muslim preachers going to teach in South Waziristan, a known hub of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt.

“Police seized CDs, currency, maps, literature and other material from their possession,” he said. A laptop and $10,000 were also seized from one of the suspects, the official said.

Maybe this is why President Obama hasn’t quite gotten around to closing Gitmo?

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