ISIS ranks reportedly increased by about 30 after former Gitmo detainees traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State. Approximately 620 Guantanamo detainees have been released in the last three years, approximately 180 of the suspected radical Islamic militants have reportedly found their way back to the battlefield in the Middle East.
Some of the former Gitmo detainees are believed to be counted among the ranks of al Qaeda and an affiliated group, the al-Nusra Front, in Syria. Not all of the former Guantanamo detainees have grabbed a rifle and joined militant groups in Syria and other regions of the Middle East, according to an intelligence report shared via Fox News. Some of the men previously held at Gitmo have reportedly opted to remain away from the ISIS combat zone and aid the efforts of the groups they support via propaganda campaigns and financial contributions.
Intelligence sources also reportedly noted that nationwide headlines pertaining to the current militant actions by former Gitmo detainees pose complications for President Barack Obama. While campaigning for his first term in office, then Senator Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay “within hours” of uttering the oath of office.
The “Taliban Five” controversy also looms over the Obama administration as the alleged actions of former detainees makes headlines. The Bowe Bergdahl Taliban trade was a hotly debated topic as the scenario unfolded and will likely once again cause political angst in light of the detainees returning to the battlefield report. Although the military investigation into Bowe Bergdahl has been completed, is remains unclear when the Pentagon will release the results of the probe to the public. As previously reported by Inquisitr, members of Bergdahl’s own platoon had labeled him as a traitor and objected to trading five high-value Gitmo detainees for his release.
There are reportedly 149 detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay. The vast majority of the men are from Yemen. National Intelligence Director James Clapper de-classified report concerning Gitmo detainees summary.
“As of October 1, 2010, the report stated, 598 detainees have been transferred by the Pentagon from Gitmo into the custody of other countries. “The Intelligence Community assesses that 81 (13.5 percent) are confirmed and 69 (11.5 percent) are suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer. Of the 150 former GTMO detainees assessed as confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities, the Intelligence Community assesses that 13 are dead, 54 are in custody, and 83 remain at large.”
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