Ronald Fiddler, radicalized as Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, was the source of an explosion at an Iraqi army base in Tai Gaysum two days ago. Killing himself in the blast, al-Britani detonated the car bomb in an attempt to kill Iraqi soldiers fighting to hold Mosul from ISIS forces.
However, it’s been discovered that al-Britani was once a prisoner locked up at Guantanamo Bay.
Captured in Pakistan in 2001, the English-born radical was sent to Gitmo in 2002 and released after two years for providing useful Taliban intel. Al-Britani ultimately received a million pounds in recompense from the United States government after then-Labor Home Secretary David Blunkett established his mistreatment while detained. Blunkett once said of al-Britani’s release, “No one who is returned … will actually be a threat to the security of the British people.”
Officially establishing base in Syria in 2014, al-Britani was given credit by ISIS for the attack. It is still unknown if the blast killed or injured anyone in the vicinity.
Afzal Ashraf, a former counter-terrorism adviser to the United States in Iraq, told the BBC that al-Britani’s role in the attack proves that “some of the people in Guantanamo Bay were up to no good”.
“It also throws into question some of the organizations that were supporting him, that brought him back [from Guantanamo],” Ashraf said.
Born in Manchester, Fiddler converted to Islam while still in his 20’s. Given the name Jamul-Uddin al-Harith, Fiddler eventually settled on Abu-Zarkiya al-Britani.
Amaq Agency, the official Islamic State news outlet, released a video of the smiling suicide bombers driving off, and then the explosions were seen across the horizon.
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