Former Guantanamo detainee ID'd as suicide bomber who attacked Iraq military base
Born Ronald Fiddler, he was also known as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and Jamal al-Harith
British news media say a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release.
The SITE intelligence group says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani. The BBC says the 50-year-old was formerly known as Ronald Fiddler.
The Daily Mail reported Monday that al-Britani was one of 16 men paid a total of 10 million pounds (now worth $12.4 million US) in compensation in 2010 when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Also known by the alias Jamal al-Harith, he said he was beaten, shackled, kept in a cramped cage and fed rotten food as part of systematic abuse during his two years at the U.S. detention facility.