Making him at least the second ex-Gitmo detainee killed fighting in Syria.
A former Guantanamo detainee named Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane has reportedly been killed while fighting in Syria. The Copenhagen Post and other Danish media outlets have cited multiple sources indicating that Abderrahmane was killed earlier this month, but the Danish intelligence agency (PET) has not yet confirmed or denied these reports.
Abderrahmane, who was born to a Danish mother and an Algerian father, was detained while fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001 and transferred to the Guantanamo detention facility, where he was held until early 2004.
According to a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat assessment dated Dec. 6, 2003, US officials deemed Abderrahmane a “high” risk “threat to the US, its interests, or its allies.”
JTF-GTMO also recommended that Abderrahmane be retained in the Defense Department’s custody. However, less than three months later, on Feb. 24, 2004, he was transferred to his home country of Denmark.
After his transfer from Guantanamo, Abderrahmane made a number of controversial comments to the press. American officials had him sign an agreement that he would not wage jihad against the US or its allies. Such agreements were standard at Guantanamo, according to senior intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal.
But after he left Guantanamo in 2004, Abderrahmane announced that the agreement was the equivalent of “toilet paper.” Citing Abderrahmane’s appearance on Danish television, BBC News reported that the ex-Gitmo detainee promised to “try to find a way to Chechnya.” […]
Abderrahmane also said that Danish officials may be legitimate targets for terrorist attacks given their support of the Iraq War.
Despite his controversial remarks, Abderrahmane was given a job at the postal service. He was “convicted of stealing credit cards” while working as a postman in 2007, according to The Copenhagen Post.