Blair defends Guantanamo release for 'Isis bomber'

He also launched a compensation claim against the British government that, it was reported, netted him up to £1m. The payout was arranged in 2010, when the Conservative Party's David Cameron was prime minister.

"Whatever he may or may not have done since then they believe from their own experience he was utterly changed by the physical and mental cruelty and the inhuman treatment he endured for two years at Guantanamo".

In a statement to NBC News, a spokesman said: "The U.K. has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, and against all travel to large parts of Iraq ... it is extremely hard to confirm the whereabouts and status of British nationals in these areas".

Lord Blunkett suggested in a statement that monitoring of the released Guantanamo detainees had stopped when Ms May was Home Secretary.

"I don't think I did get it wrong", Straw said. However, NBC News has been unable to verify whether the attack actually occurred.

"What happened between then and 2014 is of course a matter of speculation that can only be answered by the present Government".

He pointed out that Ms May had abolished control orders introduced by Labour and replaced them with orders under the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act, known as TPIMs.

"As far as I am aware there was no indication that he was involved in a terrorist plot in this country".

Britani's family, in a statement to the BBC, said their son had not received a million pounds in compensation and that they believed that figure was a group settlement, including costs, covering other inmates too.

Mr Blair roundly criticises what he calls the "utter hypocrisy" of the paper, pointing to the fact the Daily Mail itself had led a campaign calling for the Manchester-born jihadi's release.

"Pressed again in 2004 on the remaining British detainees at Guantanamo I told the Liaison Committee: "The difficulty for us is this: we all know that we are faced with a significant terrorist threat".

Al-Britani is thought to be Ronald Fiddler, a former Guantanamo detainee from Manchester who was released from the United States prison camp in 2004, after being captured in Pakistan in 2002.

Fighters from the PMU, also known as also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and al-Hashd al-Shabi, are participating in the ongoing US -backed offensive to recapture Mosul from ISIS, which also involves tens of thousands of Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops, among other fighters.

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