Monday, April 24, 2006
There's a gripping story in the Guardian about a former jihadist of Yemeni/British nationality who tells the story of his long career as a fighter in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Somalia, and Iraq. There are several interesting things in the piece (which is of course written with deep sympathy toward him, as befits the Guardian), but the following passage jumped out at me. It describes his arrest in Britain after he returned from fighting as an insurgent in Iraq:
- After Khalid spent a week in prison they let him out, just like they always did....After the arrest, Khalid returned to Iraq for two more months in 2004...he once again went out on raids against the Americans. The heaviest fighting he saw was in Al Qa'im, where 30 Arabs and more than a hundred Iraqis fought for a week against the Americans. Khalid saw seven brothers killed, mostly from Syria and Saudi Arabia. He believed the insurgents killed about 10 soldiers from the other side.
Let me translate from the Guardianese: After the British let him out, he returned to Iraq and helped kill 10 Americans.
This is exactly why we need Guantanamo. People like Khalid are enemy combatants. Period. They need to be confined for the duration.