Abu Mughira al-Britani

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Abu Mughira al-Britani
Nationality United Kingdom
Known for claims to have volunteered to fight with militant islamic jihadists in Syria

Abu Mughira al-Britani is a citizen of the United Kingdom who claimed to have volunteered to fight with militant islamic jihadists in Syria, allied to al Qaeda.[1][2][3] Al-Britani has claimed that he was formerly held in extrajudicial detention in Guantanamo, but experts have declined to confirm this claim.[4]

According to the Daily Mail al-Britani claims he was in Afghanistan when the US invaded in late 2001.[4] He claims he is now in his thirties. He described being present in Tora Bora, the area where Osama bin Laden had his last hideout in Afghanistan. He described being ordered to retreat to Pakistan with ten other men. He described being met by Pakistani soldiers who he believed were going to escort them to safety, but instead surrendered them to American forces.

He is reported to have written about his time in Guantanamo and his move to Syria, in an online magazine affiliated with al Qaeda, in late 2016.[3][4]


  1. Bridget Johnson (2016-08-09). "Guantanamo’s real boost to terror recruitment: Obama’s rush to close the prison tells jihadists the U.S. is weakening". Washington Times. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/9/guantanamos-real-boost-to-terror-recruitment/. Retrieved 2017-02-27. "A former Guantanamo detainee now going by the name Abu Mugheera al-Britani wrote in a new issue of English-language al Qaeda magazine Al-Risalah that he was now “sitting in the blessed land” of Syria, “reflecting on those weeks and days spent behind bars.”" 
  2. Dipesh Gadher, Richard Kerbaj (2017-02-26). "Former Guantanamo detainee returns to Syria". The Australian. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/former-guantanamo-detainee-returns-to-syria/news-story/e5f7603d47dbe342cd3c6519bd0485e9. Retrieved 2017-02-27. "A second freed Guantanamo Bay inmate from Britain has travelled to Syria for jihad, it has emerged, as new details have come to light about the terror links of the former detainee who carried out an ISIS suicide attack last week." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Abu Mugheera from Guantanamo Bay to Syria". Asharq Al-Awsat. 2017-01-09. http://english.aawsat.com/2017/01/article55365227/abu-mugheera-guantanamo-bay-syria. Retrieved 2017-02-27. "The terrorist – who dubbed himself Abu Mugheera al-Britani– has written in detailed memoire about his experience in the notorious U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo." 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Omar Wahid, Nick Craven (2017-01-08). "British jihadi who was freed from Guantanamo Bay 'has fled to Syria to join Al Qaeda'". Daily Mail (UK). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4098396/British-jihadi-freed-Guantanamo-Bay-fled-Syria-join-Al-Qaeda.html. Retrieved 2017-02-27. "Although Al-Britani’s real identity has not been established, at least 16 UK nationals and residents were held at the military camp in Cuba."