Catch and release strikes again! CNN reports:

Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

They were arrested Wednesday night along with three others as they were about to break into a house to raise funds in the town of Hoboken, near Antwerp, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN.

“We have dismantled a serious recruiting network for Syria,” the official told CNN.

One of the former Guantanamo Bay detainees was Moussa Zemmouri, 37, a Moroccan national born in Antwerp, Belgian federal prosecutors announced Friday. The other was an Algerian identified as Soufiane A., who prosecutors believe spent time in Syria.

Both have been charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group and all five have been charged with attempted armed robbery.

Moussa Zemmouri was released in April 2005 (under what looks like the name Mosa Zi Zemmori on this timeline) and later authored a book titled, “Innocent at Guantanamo”:


These arrests in Belgium come shortly after word of a plan to close Guantanamo before the end of President Obama’s term:

Yeah, that sound like a great idea:



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