Al Qaeda Terrorist Freed from Gitmo Finally Blown Away in Syria

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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DOD didn’t want to set Ibrahim Bin Shakaran loose, but he ended up being turned over to Morocco where he began recruiting for Al Qaeda in Iraq. After being repeatedly arrested and released, he meets his 72 raisins a decade after his original release from Gitmo.

Last year, Bin Shakaran announced that he had a big new Jihad going down. Ibrahim Bin Shakaran aka Brahim Benchekroune went on a social media Jihad.

Brahim Benchekroune created accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to attract Moroccans to his new jihadist movement, Sham al-Islam. The group also announced a media arm, “the Mashers” Foundation, to oversee its public outreach.

On August 31st, the group outlined its principles, based on al-Qaeda’s takfirist ideology.

“We consider democracy to be kufr against God Almighty and a doctrine that is in contradiction to Allah’s sharia,” Sham al-Islam said. The movement calls for engaging in jihad against apostates from Islam.

Benchekroune is trying to exploit his new position in Syria – his presence on the battlefield and his ties to the main terrorist groups in the region – to introduce himself as an emir of the Moroccan jihadist salafist movement, Rami says.

His Emirism didn’t last very long. Ibrahim Bin Shakaran has gone to the big Gitmo in the sky.

Bin Shakaran, who is also known as Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, and Brahim Benchekroune, was “martyred, Insha’Allah, in battles for Hilltop # 45 in Latakia.”

The 2003 JTF-GTMO threat assessment recommended that Bin Shakaran remain in custody as he “poses a high risk as he is likely to pose a threat against the US, its interests, or her allies.”

Despite the assessment, the US transferred Bin Shakaran to Moroccan custody in July 2004, and he was released shortly afterward by Moroccan authorities.

Bin Shakaran immediately returned to the fight. The Defense Department reported in 2008 that Bin Shakaran and another freed Guantanamo detainee known as Mohammed Bin Ahmad Mizouz were involved “in a terrorist network recruiting Moroccans to fight for Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s al Qaeda in Iraq.” Zarqawi’s group was responsible for killing and wounding thousands of US soldiers in Iraq.

A December 2003 leaked threat assessment authored by Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) identified Bin Shakaran as a “high-ranking member” of the theological commission of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization. According to the assessment, he traveled to Afghanistan in November 2000, “attended basic and advanced training at the Al Farouq training camp,” a known al Qaeda facility, “from January to May 2001,” and then “rotated to the front lines near Kabul” in October 2001 after the US invaded Afghanistan.

Hilltop #45 finally did to Bin Shakaran what Bush didn’t do.

 

 

  • Gee

    Now he is a good terrorist – can’t ever get any better

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Better later than never.

  • Veracious_one

    death…he got what he prayed for…it should have happened long ago…

  • anyolefeller

    And the ironic thing is – Russian arms was very likely what did him in !!

    • Doobee

      Good old Vlad. We should send him a big thank you card.

  • Drakken

    Note to Special Forces and the Intelligence community, do not take prisoners, for the only good jihadist is a dead jihadist. As for the rest of the ragheads in GITMO, there is a rather large hammerhead shark population that needs feeding.

    • BS77

      The terror vermin have been in Gitmo since 9/11…makes you wonder. We are going on 13 years now…..un freakin believable

      • Raymond_in_DC

        Right. And not a single prisoner has been through a full judicial process. KSM himself should have been in the ground years ago. How’s *his* trial coming? All we seem to do is release them back into circulation where many go on to kill.

        • Drakken

          The only judicial process a jihadist needs is either a lead injection to the brain housing group or a rope. To give these sub human savages any semblance of civilized behavior on our part, only displays weakness.

        • veryneat

          The solution is to release them to Syria.

          • Softly Bob

            The solution is to airdrop any Sunni terrorists into a Shia war-zone and to airdrop any Shia terrorists into a Sunni war-zone. Watch the sparks fly.
            Or better still, airdrop them into any Arab war zone, but not before sedating them, tattooing Israeli flags onto their foreheads, shaving off their beards and dressing them in Western clothing. Let the wolves eat their dinners!

        • Doobee

          That’s largely because the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, weren’t happy with the several different forms of judicial process Congress enacted to deal with them.

  • A Z

    The link below has maps showing Hill #45 and other points of interest.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Latakia_offensive

  • veryneat

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer man.

    • Doobee

      I think of Abu not so much as a man, but as a trained ape. Now a dead trained ape.

  • Doobee

    Too bad he didn’t apply for temporary asylum in the US. Under B. Hussein’s swell new executive orders, Muslims all over the world are entering this country in record numbers. They’ll be soon be opening restaurants, mosques, and terrorist training camps in your neighborhood!

  • TrailHead

    I love the way these jihadist cowards like to brag that they will inevitably beat us because we “fear death” and they “love death,” but when the bullets start to fly, watch them run.

    • Softly Bob

      They only love death when their deaths are as a result of killing infidels. To die without killing anyone is seen as a jihadi failure and is no guarantee of paradise. That’s why they hate to be shot off-guard.

  • bob smith

    HIP HIP, HOORAY!!!