Jamal Udeen al-Harith, who recently died as a suicide bomber in Mosul and was a Gitmo detainee that was released after lobbying by the UK, also owned a house in the UK, bought by the payout he received from the government after his time in Guantanamo Bay.
Al-Harith, 50, bought a 3-story, 3-bedroom, newly renovated house for £220,000, on a quiet street, in 2011. Three years later he fled to Syria to join ISIS. His wife Shukee Begum and children soon followed him.
Pictures published by Daily Mail show a new, gleaming kitchen, comfy sofas and armchairs in a well-lit living room. There was picture evidence of his children and wife playing in the backyard.
However, neighbors have called the police several times and lodged complains about suspicious behavior. One neighbor said that she was concerned about Al-Harith’s quiet and unfriendly manner, and called the police months before his disappearance, never receiving a response. Months later when the police did arrive to investigate, they said they never received such a report.
Other neighbors say he was rude, refused to greet any of the neighbors, displayed a haughtiness, and kept to himself. They were also concerned about his Islamic dress.
The Daily Mail has more:
British Jamal Udeen al-Harith, 50, is understood to have detonated a suicide bomb in an ISIS attack on an army base near Mosul earlier this week.
The Manchester-born Muslim convert – who changed his name from Ronald Fiddler in 1994 – had been suspected of terrorism after being caught by US forces in Afghanistan in 2001.
But he was freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 after Tony Blair’s government lobbied for his release, claiming he posed no threat.
The bomber then launched a compensation bid, claiming MI6 was complicit in his mistreatment by the Americans, and was handed £1million to stay silent.
Last night, his brother Leon Jameson confirmed that an image released by ISIS was al-Harith.
Just two days ago, the grinning extremist was filmed speeding toward an Iraqi army base in Mosul, in a truck laden with explosives. The video then cuts to a plume of smoke in the distance.
After the attack – which came during a raging battle for control of the city – the ISIS propaganda department released the chilling video, praising the jihadist for causing multiple casualties in his act of ‘martyrdom’.
The bomber involved in the attack had originally been identified only as Abu Zakariya al-Britani, but it emerged last night that it is al-Harith’s nom du guerre.
Al-Harith had always denied being a terrorist and claimed to have been taken prisoner by the Taliban after visiting the Middle East as part of a ‘religious holiday’.
But the attack raises urgent questions about what steps the authorities took to monitor the former prisoner as he supposedly rejoined British society following his release from Guantanamo.