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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Two former Gitmo inmates arrested in Belgium for recruiting jihadists to strengthen al Qaeda’s Nusra Front ranks in Syria.

Two former Guantánamo inmates arrested in Belgium, one author of the book “Innocent In Guantanamo”  for recruiting jihadists to strengthen al Qaeda’s Nusra Front ranks in Syria. (Guardian).
Moussa Zemmouri is the author of the book “Innocent In Guantanamo,”
Two former inmates at the US prison in Guantánamo Bay have been arrested in Belgium on charges of belonging to a group suspected of recruiting jihadists for Syria.

The pair were arrested early on Thursday in connection with a burglary at an apartment near the northern Belgian port city of Antwerp, a spokesman for the prosecutor, Jean Pascal Thoreau, told AFP.

He said the police acted after monitoring the activities of Moussa Zemmouri, a 37-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin, and an Algerian identified as Soufiane A, both of whom had been imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Moussa Zemmouri, 37, a Moroccan national born in Antwerp, was held in Guantanamo from 2001 until 2005 after he was arrested in Pakistan, fleeing from an al Qaeda training camp in Khost, Afghanistan during the initial U.S. bombing campaign at the onset of OEF.

He was said to have been a high-ranking member of the Theological Commission of the Moroccan Islamic Fighting Group (MIFG).Also he is the author of the book “Innocent In Guantanamo,”

The pair were charged with “participating in the activities of a terrorist group,” which in turn is suspected of recruiting fighters for Syria, he added.

They were also charged along with three other men with committing a burglary at night with a weapon and a vehicle, Thoreau said.

Zemmouri, who was the only one of the five not arrested at the scene, was locked up in Guantánamo from 2001 to 2005 on suspicion of belonging to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM), blamed for attacks in Casablanca and Madrid.

Fewer details were given for Soufiane A, whose last name was not released, but Thoreau said he is suspected of having travelled to Syria.

The White House said on Wednesday it is in the “final stages” of drafting a plan to close the contentious Guantánamo Bay prison and will submit it for review by lawmakers. Hmmm.....Obama BFF Erdogan - One empties Gitmo of Terrorists , the other catches and releases them immidiatly. Read the full story here.

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