September 18, 2013
Islamic opposition group in Syria has posted a video of the funeral
of a former Guantánamo prisoner, the first known report that one of the
500 or so captives released during the Bush administration joined the
Syrian insurgency to topple Bashar Assad.
The Syrian Islamic Movement posted the video Monday on YouTube. It
shows the body of a fallen fighter in his 30s or 40s and a rebel leader,
Sheik Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, eulogizing the man as Mohammed al Alami, a
Northwest African veteran of the jihad in Afghanistan “who went through
hardship for the sake of God in the prison of the Americans in
Guantánamo for five years.”
U.S. Defense Department officials who help track released Guantánamo detainees had no comment Tuesday.