Yasir al Silmi was a member of al-Qaeda who served seven years as a detainee at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. He was released by President Obama in 2009, however, and allowed to return to Yemen. According to reports, he attempted to rejoin the War on Terror, reconnecting with his terrorist buddies. But that is not news.
The news is that President Donald Trump (and the U.S. military) is again cleaning up an Obama mess. An airstrike in Yemen by U.S. forces has delivered the justice a terrorist should have received in 2002. And another Gitmo detainee is off the battlefield.
The Pentagon said Monday that the military killed a former Guantanamo Bay detainee in a Yemen strike on March 2 targeting Al-Qaeda’s most dangerous faction.
The strike, part of a renewed U.S. drive to target Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, killed Yasir al Silmi, who was held at the U.S. detention center in Cuba for seven years between 2002 and 2009 and then repatriated to Yemen.
According to memos released from the detention center in 2008, the Department of Defense warned that Tahar would “engage in extremist activities upon release. He has threatened personnel and continues to support jihad.” The Associated Press reported that Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, the commander at Guantanamo in that year, had raised Tahar’s risk level from “medium” to “high.”
Authorities nonetheless released him and allowed him to return to his homeland in 2009.
This is not the first time a former Gitmo detainee was caught trying to rejoin the fight. Yet somehow, President Obama made every effort to empty the facility and close it. That meant many dangerous terrorists were released back to the Middle East with little to no oversight.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, around 150 former detainees have been confirmed as re-engaging with terror activities.
H/T: Frontpage Mag