- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 19, 2014

A former detainee in Guantanamo Bay is pleading not guilty to terrorist charges stemming from the civil war in Syria.

Moazzam Begg, 45, is the latest former U.S. prisoner who has since been connected to terrorism. He was released in 2005 after appeals were made on his behalf by the United Kingdom.

The former detainee, Moazzam Begg, 45, has been charged in the U.K. on several counts related to his actions in Syria, including attending a terrorist training camp, the Belfast Telegraph reported Friday.


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The situation comes less than a month after another former Gitmo detainee, Lahcen Ikassrien, was arrested in Spain for recruiting jihadist fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

And indeed the head of the ISIL itself, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was held in Iraq at a U.S.-run prison during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Camp Bucca.

Estimates differ as to how long he was a prisoner there, but the top end guess seems to be about four years.

The camp was closed in 2009. But when the detainees were transferred over to Iraqi control, many were released, including Mr. al-Baghdadi.