An al-Qaida explosives maker was one of many Islamic terrorists released by the Obama administration Thursday from the United States’ Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, where only 91 terrorists.
Tariq Mahmoud Ahmed al-Sawah, an admitted terrorist belonging to the al-Qaida jihadist organization, was freed by President Barack Obama despite U.S. intelligence identifying him for his development of explosives for the terrorist group, according to the Free Beacon. The bombs were created to carry out attacks against the U.S. military and civilians.
After his Gitmo release from the island nation, the Bosnian, Al-Sawah, was scheduled to be transferred to Bosnia, The Hill reported.
The New York Times published the Islamic terrorist’s file prepared by the Defense Department revealing that he not only created bombs, but trained other al-Qaida operatives how to detonate them in jihadist attacks.
“Detainee is an admitted member of al-Qaida who developed special improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for use against U.S. military forces and civilians,” the U.S. Dept. of Defense report reads. “These IEDs included the limpet mine to sink U.S. naval vessels and the prototype for the shoe-bomb used in a failed attack on a civilian transatlantic flight.”
Also divulged in al-Sawah’s government file was his tie to the notorious al-Qaida leader Usama Bin Laden.
“Prior to detention, detainee admitted teaching explosives at the al-Qaida advanced training camp at Tarnak Farm, aka (Abu Ubaydah Camp), where Usama Bin Laden (UBL) personally praised detainee for his ‘good work,'” the file continued.
Included in the file was mention of al-Sawah’s links to multiple explosives experts who are currently involved in jihadist activites. It also notes his association with a number of senior al-Qaida operatives responsible for coordinating terrorist attacks conducted around the world.
Still a threat?
According the Defense Department’s data, al-Sawah likely had “advanced knowledge” of the 9/11 attacks targeting the U.S. back in 2001. He was identified in the file as a “veteran extremist combatant” by officials, who warned that he would “possibly re-establish extremist associations,” if freed. However, officials also noted that they believe his rejoining of forces with al-Qaida was not likely since he divulged information about explosives and the terrorist group to the U.S. government during his detention.
Despite the possible existing threat to national security, the White House has forwarded its mission to vacate the entire Gitmo prison camp.
“The review board set up by President Obama to review remaining detainee transfers decided to release him last February,” WND reports. “Al-Sawah’s release is part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to close down the military prison at Guantanamo Bay before the president leaves office.”
A legacy of questionable releases
It was also announced by WND that 10 terrorists were given their freedom a week ago before being transferred back to their native country of Yemen in the Middle East. The report indicated that an 11th terrorist — who threatened to kill Americans when he was in Iraq — had been freed and returned to Saudi Arabia a week ago, as well.
And these weren’t the only threats unleashed by the Obama administration of late.
“The Pentagon also announced the transfer of Abd al-Aziz Abduh Abdallah Ali al-Suwaydi, a 41-year-old Yemeni, to Montenegro,” WND’s Leo Hohmann reported. “Al-Suwaydi admitted to being an explosives trainer, according to his files posted by the Times.”
This has reportedly been a common trend throughout the releases enacted by the Obama administration, as a 2015 report issued by the director of National Intelligence announced that it has been confirmed or suspected that 29 percent of prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay returned to the battlefield to resume their terrorist attacks in the name of jihad.
This depletion of detainees is part of the president’s clearly defined agenda to completely vacate Gitmo before he and his family pack their bags and move from the White House in 12 months at the end of his second term.
“Only 91 prisoners remain at Gitmo,” Hohmann informed. “It once held as many as 779 after being opened in 2002 following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the launching of President George W. Bush’s ‘war on terror.’”