Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Former Club Gitmo Guest Now Taliban Leader

Yet another reminder to those out there who've agitated nonstop for years about Guantanamo Bay and our detention of these terror vermin: You've got a lot of blood on your hands.
A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is leading the fight against U.S. Marines in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to FOX News on Tuesday.

Mullah Zakir, also known as Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, surrendered in Mazar-e-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan in 2001, and was transferred to Gitmo in 2006. He was released in late 2007 to Afghan custody.

Now as the United States is pushing ahead with the massive Operation Khanjar in the southern province of Afghanistan, Zakir is coordinating the Taliban fighters. Some 4,000 U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan forces have faced some resistance as they sweep across the province, reclaiming control of districts where Zakir and his comrades were running a shadow government.

Zakir was released from Afghan custody around 2008, according to the New York Post. He re-established connections with high-level Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan after his second release.

Taliban chief Mullah Omar appointed Zakir in mid-2008 as senior military commander, according to the newspaper.

Zakir quickly became a charismatic leader, helping establish an "accountability commission" to track spending and monitor activities of Taliban leaders in the districts where they held power and were running a shadow government, according to the Post.
Ah yes, we know full well about those charismatic leaders. Probably helped charm his ACLU handlers with some sob stories before being released.

Of course, we didn't ever have to release this monster, except for the fact the world community was outraged at our handling of these poor naifs.

It's funny how the media never returns to those who helped facilitate their release and ask them for reaction.
Explaining why Zakir was released from Gitmo, the defense official said, "We were under incredible pressure from the world to release detainees at Gitmo. You just don't know what people are going to do.
The Taliban must be salivating at the the promise our own charismatic leader plans to shutter Club Gitmo.

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