Former GTMO Detainee Terrorism Trends
A DIA report dated May 12, 2008 cites the figure of 36 ex-GTMO men "confirmed or suspected"
of having returned to terrorism... with Kuwaiti ex-detainee Abdallah Salih Al-Ajmi's
confirmation of suicide bombing in Iraq, the figure is 37.
The number of former Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) detainees confirmed or suspected of returning
to terrorist activities is about 7 percent of those transferred from U.S. custody. The identified rate
of reengagement over three years of tracking has remained relatively constant between 5 and 8
Of former detainees known or suspected of returning to terrorist activities, those transferred to
Afghanistan and Pakistan generally have reengaged in local, tactical-level, anti-coalition activity.
Alternately, those former detainees known or suspected of reengaging in terrorism who were
transferred to Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa have more often reconnected with
terrorist networks associated with transnational terrorist activity, usually the same networks they
were associated with prior to capture. Those returning to the transnational networks are assessed
as more likely to be involved in future major transnational acts of terrorism.
In most cases, the time lapse between release and subsequent indications of post-transfer terrorist
activity is approximately a year and a half, with reporting of such activity often lagging actual
events by months or even years. Upon return, many detainees are held for varying lengths of
time ranging from less than 24 hours up to several years. Due to the reporting delay and a
general lack of information regarding former detainees, additional former GTMO detainees are
likely to have been involved in subsequent terrorist activities.
Former detainees have participated in terrorist activities ranging from small-scale attacks to
transnational facilitation and attack planning. However, the former GTMO detainees known or