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Ex-Gitmo 'poet' now recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Long War Journal ^ | 22 November 2014 | Thomas Joscelyn

Posted on 11/22/2014 7:54:25 PM PST by Lorianne

An ex-Guantanamo detainee based in northern Pakistan is leading an effort to recruit jihadists for the Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that controls large portions of Iraq and Syria.

Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, who was detained at Guantanamo for three years, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Dost's oath of allegiance was issued on July 1, just two days after Baghdadi named himself "Caliph Ibrahim I" and declared that his Islamic State was now a "caliphate."

Pakistani officials have accused Dost of recruiting jihadists for Baghdadi's organization. He is thought to be behind a graffiti campaign that aims to spread pro-Islamic State messages throughout northern Pakistan.

According to Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper, Dost has even been named the head of the Islamic State's presence in the "Khorasan," an area that covers much of Central and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.

US officials have confirmed to The Long War Journal that Dost is recruiting for the Islamic State. It is not clear how effective his efforts have been, given that Dost and his supporters are operating in areas that are strongholds for al Qaeda and the Taliban, both of which are opposed to Baghdadi's "caliphate" project.

Thus far, the Islamic State has had only limited success in Pakistan and elsewhere in attracting established jihadists to its cause. However, Dost, who is in his 50s, is a veteran jihadist leader.

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1 posted on 11/22/2014 7:54:25 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

The tip of the ice berg maybe?

2 posted on 11/22/2014 7:57:20 PM PST by Mark17 (Uninvited he sat down and opened up his mind, about old dogs and children, and watermelon wine)
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To: Lorianne

Go figure. /sarc

(the inefficiency of “justice”)

3 posted on 11/22/2014 8:01:37 PM PST by PGalt
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To: PGalt

Good to see he has a job now. Back in action—maybe this time we can kill him.

4 posted on 11/23/2014 3:03:39 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Absolutely. Workplace violence being what it is today. /POSOTUS

5 posted on 11/23/2014 5:58:09 AM PST by PGalt
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