Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detaineeA British IS fighter who died in a suicide bomb attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to BBC on Tuesday.

The self-styled Islamic State group said two days ago that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, south-west of Mosul. He is believed to have been originally known as Ronald Fiddler.

IS has now published a photograph of Fiddler, who was also known as Jamul-Uddin al-Harith before taking the nom-du-guerre Abu-Zakariya al-Britani.

The 50-year-old man from Manchester was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. He had been seized by U.S. forces in Pakistan in 2001, before being sent to Guantanamo.

U.S. interrogators found he provided useful information to them about the Taliban's methods, and he was released after two years.

According to The Daily Mail, Fiddler received a million pounds in compensation from the government when he came back to the UK.

The BBC reported that Fiddler had signed IS registration papers in April 2014 when he crossed into Syria from Turkey. He volunteered to be a fighter, saying his knowledge of Islam was basic.

His wife told the Daily Mirror that she and their five children went to Syria try to persuade him to come back, but failed, and they ended up having to flee for their lives from IS territory.

Afzal Ashraf, a former counter-terrorism adviser to the United States in Iraq, told the BBC this incident demonstrated that "some of the people in Guantanamo Bay were up to no good".

"It also throws into question some of the organisations that were supporting him, that brought him back [from Guantanamo]. Some of them were associated a little too closely with this radical ideology, and they use the legal system - freedoms of speech, the importance of the rule of law - in order to subvert some of our systems in the UK and elsewhere," he added.
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