Ex-Gitmo detainee bombed Iraq, reports say
LONDON— A Daesh suicide bomber who attacked an army base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, originally from Britain, who was awarded more than $1 million in compensation, according to media reports Tuesday. Ronald Fiddler, who became known as Jamal al-Harith after converting to Islam in the 1990s, was freed from the detention camp in 2004 after lobbying by the government of then-British prime minister Tony Blair.
He was awarded £1 million (now about $1.64 million) in compensation after saying British agents were complicit in his mistreatment, the Telegraph reported.
He was announced as a suicide bomber who targeted coalition forces outside Mosul this week when Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, released a picture of him smiling in a 4x4, seen in video footage speeding down a track. Daesh claimed Harith caused multiple casualties, according to the Times of London.