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UK media report Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

  • This militant photo released by Ninawa State – a media arm of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 shows Abu Zakariya al-Britani, suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (Ninawa State via AP)

    This militant photo released by Ninawa State – a media arm of the Islamic State group on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 shows Abu Zakariya al-Britani, suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (Ninawa State via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2004 file photo, Jamal al-Harith, of Britain, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, gestures after his testimony to Europe's top human rights body in Paris. The Islamic State group identified Abu Zakariya al-Britani, a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. IS identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith.  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2004 file photo, Jamal al-Harith, of Britain, a former inmate at Guantanamo Bay, gestures after his testimony to Europe's top human rights body in Paris. The Islamic State group identified Abu Zakariya al-Britani, a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. IS identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)  (The Associated Press)

British news media are reporting that a suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release.

The SITE intelligence group says the Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani. The BBC says the 50-year-old was formerly known as Ronald Fiddler.

The Daily Mail reported Monday that al-Britani was one of 16 men paid a total of 10 million pounds (now worth $12.4 million) in compensation in 2010 when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.