Al-Qaida recidivist begs authorities to return home

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October 16, 2010 15:49

 
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia announced Friday that a former Guantanamo detainee who went through its militant rehabilitation program and then rejoined al-Qaida in Yemen has turned himself in to authorities.

An Interior Ministry statement said Friday that Jabir Jubran al-Fayfi contacted Saudi authorities from Yemen to express his regret and readiness to surrender. Yemeni authorities arranged for his return.

Al-Fayfi was released from Guantanamo in 2006.

He rejoined al-Qaida in Yemen, where the terror network's local offshoot is attacking Western targets and Yemeni security forces and leaders. The offshoot also claimed responsibility for the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner in December.

The Saudi rehabilitation center says 11 of the 270 militants who finished the program rejoined al-Qaida.

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