Ex-GITMO Libyan detainee is now a US ally of sorts

April 25th, 2011 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Darnah (Libya), Apr. 25 (ANI): For over five years, Abu Sufian Ibrahim Ahmed Hamuda bin Qumu was a prisoner at the Guantánamo Bay prison, judged “a probable member of Al Qaeda”. Now, Qumu, 51, is a notable figure in the Libyan rebels’ fight to oust Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi.

According to the New York Times, he is reportedly a leader of a ragtag band of fighters known as the Darnah Brigade in northeast Libya.

The paper further says that this former enemy and prisoner of the United States is now an ally of sorts, a remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Qumu.He was a tank driver in the Libyan Army in the 1980s, when the Central Intelligence Agency was spending billions to support religious militants trying to drive Soviet troops out of Afghanistan.

Qumu moved to Afghanistan in the early 1990s, just as Osama bin Laden and other former mujahedeen were violently turning against their former benefactor, the United States.

He was captured in Pakistan after 9/11, and accused of being a member of the militant Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and sent to Guantánamo. (ANI)

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