UK suicide bomber got $1.25 million compensation after being held at Guantanamo

UK suicide bomber got $1.25 million compensation after being held at Guantanamo
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A British jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq this week while targeting coalition forces was paid £1 million ($1.25 million) in compensation from the UK government after being released from Guantanamo Bay.

Ronald Fiddler, originally from Manchester, joined IS in 2014 and changed his name to Jamal al-Harith.

Footage released after his death showed him smiling for the camera before heading off in a 4×4 packed with explosives. He gunned the car down a dirt track. A plume of smoke was subsequently seen. IS claimed he drove the vehicle into a military base outside Mosul, where a battle is raging between IS and Iraqi forces, causing multiple injuries.

Last night it was reported that the fanatic, a father of five aged 50, received his UK taxpayer-funded payout in 2010. It came after he was picked up by US troops in Afghanistan, where he had gone a month after 9/11.

He was held without charge for two years at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay but was released after significant lobbying from UK Home Secretary David Blunkett and left-wing human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti. They claimed he was an innocent man who had been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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