* Gitmo enemy combatants have a habit of returning to the battlefield. There have been numerous cases where
innocent jihadistsÂ ex-inmates have been killed or recaptured in Afghanistan, Iraq or other places where the jihad rages. No doubt the nutroots would have us believe that Gitmo ‘radicalized them’- otherwise they would be just pussycats…
By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press Writer
Today’s jihad slogan: “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to Islam.”
A man formerly held in the U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was killed Wednesday in a shootout with security agents in a restive North Caucasus republic, Russia’s top security agency said.
Ruslan Odizhev was killed amid gunfire that erupted when agents tried to arrest him and another man in Kabardino-Balkariya, a region near Chechnya that is plagued by violence linked both to crime and to religious tensions, the Federal Security Service said in a statement.
The service, known by its Russian acronym FSB, said Odizhev had been held at Guantanamo Bay and was believed to have been a supporter of the Taliban. Odizhev was one of seven Russians released from the detention facility in 2004; his whereabouts recently had been unknown.
The FSB did not specify why agents were trying to detain him, but said he was a suspect in the 1999 bombings of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk and that he took part in a 2005 insurgent attack on police and government facilities in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkariya.
That attack left 139 people dead, including 94 militants. Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who was killed in 2006, claimed credit for planning the attack.
The FSB said Odizhev was the “spiritual leader” of Yarmuk, an Islamic extremist organization connected to an array of violence in the region.