President Donald Trump slammed the Obama administration in a tweet Monday night for returning terrorists to the battlefield just as the president’s stepped-up bombing campaign has already killed a former Guantanamo detainee released by Obama.
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
The president’s tweet comes on the heels of yesterday’s Pentagon announcement that on March 2 Yasir al-Silmi, who operated under the alias Mohammed Tahar, was killed during a barrage recent airstrikes.
In 2009 President Barack Obama released al-Silmi who subsequently has returned to support al-Qaeda.
The Daily Caller reported that the targets were Yemeni compounds of the al-Qaeda terrorist affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula. The group’s force is estimated to number at least 3,000.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is the same group which failed in its 2009 Christmas attack over U.S. soil. The incident was carried out by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Addulmutallab’s became known as the underwear bomber and was sentenced to life in prison.
Trump’s aggressive new campaign against al-Qaeda over the past five days has involved 44 bombing sorties which significantly exceeds the number of attacks undertaken by the Obama administration. According to The Long War Journal, which tracks U.S. airstrikes, the U.S. averaged 30 bombing raids in Yemen each year since 2012.
The president also reclassified Yemen as an “area of active hostility.” This designation allows greater autonomy by Secretary James Mattis to carry out attacks without the red tape experienced by the Pentagon under the previous administration.
In 2008, then candidate Obama promised to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. He was unable to keep this promise, but did release several detainees. Obama termed those released as “low-level” terrorist operatives.
At its most active, the prison known as Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay held 779 detainees according to The New York Times.
Fox News cited Pentagon estimates of recidivism by former Guantanamo Bay detainees exceeding 30 percent. The rate of these detainees returning to the battlefield is argued by critics to be much higher.
Ibrahim al Qosi is one of the detainees who was released by the Obama administration to his native Sudan in 2012. Now, the 55-year-old former Osama bin Laden bodyguard began appearing as an al-Qaeda spokesperson last month, reported The Daily Mail.
The New York Post reported on Abu-Zakariyi al-Britani, another former Guantanamo detainee released by Obama, blew himself up last month southwest of Mosul, Iraq.
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