January 23rd, 2009
03:02 PM ET

Detainee went from Gitmo to al Qaeda

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/23/gitmo.detainee/art.gitmo.filer.gi.jpg caption="Ali al-Shiri was released in 2007 from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."]

A Saudi national released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in September 2007 is believed to be a key leader in al Qaeda's operations in Yemen, according to a U.S. counterterrorism official.

The Defense Department recently estimated that more than 60 terrorists released from Guantanamo may have returned to the battlefield.

According to the counterterrorism official, freed detainee Ali al-Shiri traveled to Yemen after being released to Saudi Arabia and may have been involved in recent al Qaeda attacks in Yemen, including a car bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa last year that killed nearly a dozen people.

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Filed under: al Qaeda • President Barack Obama • War on Terror
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. marco

    It will be interesting to see the reaction of the population after obama screws up the economy and opens the abortion mills nevermind releasing islamic terrorists from Guantanamo prison. America, you voted for the wrong man and you have 4 years to learn your lesson. You can say what you want and act like everything is fine, but you will pay the consequences of the Almighty like it or not. Being half negro does not mean you are a leader. cnn should bear some responsibility for misleading the American public.

    January 23, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  2. JC- Los Angeles

    Ah, guys, there are countless numbers of American gang members on our streets each day who end killing innocent citizens; maybe you should take a look closer to home?

    January 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  3. willie bigs

    The Republicans are going to have a field day with this one. Imagine that, someone hat America tortured turned around and attacked our embassy. Gitmo is creating more terrorist.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  4. Lynn

    I have been following the story on what to do with the detainees at Gitmo. I think I have found the perfect soultion. Take half of them house them in Texas and the other half house them in Wyoming or Nebraska (wherever it is that Mr. Cheney has decided to take my tax dollars and retire. Now of course they would be maxium security. Like the prisoners on death row in Texas. This is really a very good plan.

    If the detainees are found guilty Texas we know that they will be executed.

    Also I feel that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney should not get to walk away from all of the chaos they created. Allowing the detainees in each of their home states would be a constant reminder of the mess they created.

    I live in Texas and I would not feel treaten by the detainees being here. As our prison system is already considered a business, it might help bring tax revenue to Texas which could be spent say on education. When I bought my youngest child's school supply last year the receipt read over $85.00 no backpack or clothes included.

    Also, both states would be doing a service for our country which is something Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney forgot about doing in the last eight years.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  5. Estelita Dodd, Veteran

    What is the main reason why Pres Obama wishes to close this facility? We don't want these terrorists in our homeland.

    January 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm |