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February 22, 2017

Briton paid £1m by UK taxpayers is Isis suicide bomber

Henry Jackson Society

Originally published in the Scottish Daily Mail.

A British Islamic State suicide bomber is a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who was made £1million compensation by the UK Government.

Muslim convert Ronald Fiddler, 50, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base near Mosul this week. He was released from the US camp in Cuba in 2004 and successfully claimed compensation after saying British spies knew of his mistreatment. He was freed following intense lobbying by Tony Blair’s Labour government.

Kyle Orton, a specialist in Islamist groups at the Henry Jackson Society Security think-tank said: ‘Fiddler is part of a considerable cadre of people released from Guantanamo Bay who have returned straight to the ranks. This keeps happening so the drive to shut the camp has always been a very, very serious threat.

Allowing people to be put back in the field is a concrete security threat. The drive to release has been disastrous in terms of the consequences for Western security.’

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