U.S. Government Puts $5 Million Bounty on Al-Qaeda Terrorist It Had Just Released from Gitmo By Kara Pendleton
There’s been a loud outcry from some to let prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) go free. Starting with President George W. Bush and continuing under President Obama, hundreds of Gitmo prisoners have been released in response.
Judicial Watch reveals something the public has not been told about the program: at least one previously released prisoner is now being sought by the U.S. – with a hefty reward attached.
The U.S. State Department is offering $5 million for information on the whereabouts of Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, a Saudi national. The State Department website notes al-Rubaysh’s terrorist designation:
Ibrahim al-Rubaysh is a senior leader of AQAP, a designated FTO and Specially Designated Global entity. He serves as a senior advisor for AQAP operational planning and is involved in the planning of attacks. He has served as a senior AQAP sharia official since 2013, and as a senior AQAP sharia official, al-Rubaysh provides the justification for attacks conducted by AQAP. In addition, he has made public statements, including one in August 2014 where he called on Muslims to wage war against the United States. In addition, since October 14, 2014, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh has been subject to a five million dollar Reward for Justice.
A 2012 report from NPR states that approximately 28 percent of released Gitmo detainees have either returned to terrorism or are suspected to have done so.
Anyone interested in cashing in on the reward may want to start their search in Yemen. NBC News reports that following his 2006 transfer from Gitmo to Saudi Arabia, al-Rubaysh “escaped to Yemen.”