Detention at GITMO has turned one Pakistani nobody into a terra rock star:
A former Guantanamo prisoner thought to have forged ties with al-Qaida since his release is leading a militant band whose members have strapped explosives on two Chinese engineers they kidnapped in a lawless region near the Afghanistan border.
Mehsud, 28, who lost a leg to a land mine, came back to Pakistan in March after about two years’ detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He had been captured by U.S.-allied Afghan forces in Kunduz in December 2001 while fighting for the Taliban, Pakistani officials said.
It was not clear why U.S. authorities released Mehsud. After he returned to his tribal homeland in South Waziristan, he became a rebel leader and has opposed Pakistani forces that are hunting al-Qaida fighters in the area.
”Mehsud has become a hero to anti-U.S. fighters active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan,” the News daily paper in Islamabad said Tuesday. ”He keeps long hair and has a daredevil nature. All this has made him a colorful and interesting character.”
A Pakistani intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mehsud is believed to have recently forged ties with al-Qaida and is receiving financing from the terror group.