Which makes the case of keeping these vermin locked up until they fall over dead, all the more appealing.
Osama bin Laden’s ex bodyguard who was released from Guantanamo Bay is now the star of al Qaeda propaganda videos
- Ibrahim al Qosi, 55, was held at Guantanamo Bay for over 10 years
- He was released in 2012 as part of a plea deal after pleading guilty to conspiracy and supporting terrorism
- In December, al Qosi began appearing in propaganda videos for al Qaeda
- The most recent video has al Qosi urging young jihadist to join al Qaeda’s war in Yemen
Ibrahim al Qosi, 55, was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2012 and has emerged as a face of al Qaeda
A jihadist who was identified as a top aide of Osama bin Laden and detained at Guantanamo Bay for over ten years before being released in 2012 has emerged as a prominent face of the terror organization al Qaeda.
In a video released February 6, Ibrahim al Qosi denounced the Saudi monarchy and urged young jihadists to travel to Yemen to join the insurgency of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The 55-year-old jihadist was apprehended in Afghanistan in December, 2001 and subsequently jailed at the US prison complex in Guantanamo Bay.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing material support to al Qaeda in 2010 under a plea deal that led to his release two years later.
In July, 2012, al Qosi was transferred to his native Sudan.
Back in the Sudanese capital Khartoum al Qosi supposedly took a job as a cab driver, according to his US attorney Paul Reichler who spoke to the Miami Herald in December.
But when his face began appearing in al Qaeda propaganda videos last year, it became apparent al Qosi wasn’t committed to living in ‘peace, quiet and freedom,’ as he had relayed to Reichler.
In the latest propaganda video, which appears to be the fourth in a string of messages featuring al Qosi published since December, the former US detainee denounced a recent mass execution in Saudi Arabia, according to the Long War Journal.
According to al Qosi, the decision in early January by Saudi authorities to execute 47 men accused of aiding terrorism is further reason for al Qaeda to violently oppose the Saudi monarchy.
The Guantanamo Bay prison camp is a controversial detention facility opened in 2002 and located in Cuba
Osama bin Laden, left, was an early leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda. Ibrahim al Qosi, right, was bin Laden’s bodyguard and has been featured in al Qaeda propaganda videos following his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2012
Al Qaeda’s case against Saudi Arabia stems from the regime’s 1990 decision to allow US troops to be stationed in the country in the run-up to the Gulf War.
Viewed by Al Qaeda as an ‘occupation,’ the landing of US troops led bin Laden, the group’s then-leader, to declare war against America, al Qosi said.
Although bin Laden never recognized the Saudi monarchy as legitimate, the terrorist leader decided against declaring jihad on Saudi Arabia to avoid ‘internal strife and confusion’ among Muslims, al Qosi said according to the Long War Journal.
Al Qosi began fighting for al Qaeda in 1990 and rose to become a member of bin Laden’s personal security team in 1994, according to a December report by the Long War Journal.