Former Guantánamo detainee killed in Afghanistan

NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantánamo detainee who returned to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said Saturday.

Heidi Vogt and Rahim Faiez
The Associated Press
via The Seattle Times
9/3/2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantánamo detainee who returned to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said Saturday.

The militant’s death was a reminder of the risks of trying to end a controversial detention system without letting loose people who will launch attacks on Americans.

Saber Lal Melma, who was released from Guantánamo in 2007, had been organizing attacks in eastern Kunar Province and funding insurgent operations, NATO spokesman Capt. Justin Brockhoff said.

A NATO statement described Melma as a “key affiliate of the al-Qaida network” who was in contact with senior al-Qaida members in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Another former detainee who joined the al-Qaida franchise in Yemen was killed in a recent U.S. airstrike there…

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