Ibrahim Qosi: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee is now al Qaeda Leader in Yemen

Ibrahim Qosi: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee is now al Qaeda Leader in Yemen

Ibrahim Qosi: Ex-Guantanamo Detainee is now al Qaeda Leader in Yemen

156741879Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a new propaganda video featuring former Guantanamo detainee, Ibrahim Qosi, also known as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani.

Qosi has long been connected with al Qaeda – first joining in 1990 after he was recruited by two members. He trained at al Qaeda’s primary training camp, al Farouq, and eventually relocated to Sudan to work as an accountant and treasurer in Osama bin Laden’s front companies.

In 1994, after an attempted assassination, Qosi was chosen to be a member of bin Laden’s security detail. He was also chosen to perform sensitive missions around that time, including delivering funds to the terrorist cell responsible for the June 25, 1995 assassination attempt of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

From 1998 to 2001, Qosi traveled back and forth between the front lines near Kabul and Kandahar, and was captured by the Pakistanis in December of 2001 as he fled the Battle of Tora Bora. He was detained as part of a group called the “Dirty 30” by US intelligence officials. The “Dirty 30” included other members of bin Laden’s bodyguard unit, as well as Mohammed al Qahtani, the would-be 20th hijacker.

All of this information comes from a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment and other declassified documents that detailed 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.

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 said 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.”

Gee, he sounds like a great candidate for release, doesn’t he?

In July of 2010, he plead guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support of terrorism before a military commission. The plea was part of a deal in which he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors during his remaining time in US custody. In 2012, Qosi was transferred to his home country of Sudan.

Qosi joined AQAP in 2014, and became one of its leaders. In the propaganda film entitled “Guardians of Sharia,” Qosi and other AQAP leaders discuss their time waging jihad and their continued dedication to the war with America. They encouraged “individual jihad,” against America and our allies, praising the Kouachi brothers’ AQAP sponsored Charlie Hebdo attack earlier this year.

This film is the first time Qosi has been featured in jihadist propaganda since his release from Gitmo, but it makes clear that he hasn’t changed any allegiances, opinions, or religious beliefs in the 12 years since his Guantanamo interview in 2003.

When will the bleeding hearts in Washington realize that our goodwill towards these terrorist scumbags won’t cause them to change? We continually hear reports of a released operative returning to the battlefield. When will American lives come before political correctness or this insatiable drive to appease the enemy that the Left, and even some on the Right, seem to be obsessed with? Our elected and appointed officials should be held accountable for the consequences of their poor decision making skills, but if there is anything the Benghazi and Clinton email scandals have taught us is that some individuals are completely infallible.

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