Released Gitmo Detainee Arrested In France For Suspected ISIS Involvement

By Gage Cohen | June 5, 2017 | 6:08pm EDT

An Algerian terror suspect released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration in 2009 was arrested in Bordeaux, France last week for his alleged involvement in an ISIS recruiting network.

Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, 48, was one of six people arrested as France cracks down on jihad-related activity within its borders, according to a Daily Mail report.

According to the Department of Defense’s file on Lahmar, he was originally incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay for links to “multiple terrorist plots,” including being part of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group which plotted with al-Qaeda to attack the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo.

Judicial Watch noted that Lahmar had been an employee, based in Bosnia, of the Saudi High Commissioner for Relief, a Saudi Arabian non-governmental organization.

His DoD file also stated that Lahmar “has demonstrated a commitment to jihad, and would likely engage in anti-U.S. activities if released.”

In 2009 he was released after the French government agreed to take him.

Judicial Watch recalled that of the 161 Guantanamo Bay detainees released by President Obama, nine were confirmed to be “directly involved in terrorist or resurgent activities” according to an Office of the Director of National Intelligence report last year.

It also found that 113 of the 532 Guantanamo Bay detainees released during President George W. Bush’s administration have engaged in terrorist activities.

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