With transfer of detainees, Al Qaeda’s Guantanamo Bay recruitment tool is becoming less valuable, experts say
International Business Times - 01/15/2015
The attacks in Paris last week that killed 17 people and wounded dozens were inspired by al Qaeda in Yemen, the group’s leaders officially claimed Wednesday, but one of the main tools used to recruit the attackers, the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, is becoming less valuable, experts say. Jihadi leaders from al Qaeda are now trying to find new ways to lure followers at the same rate as theircompetitors, the Islamic State group.
“The propaganda value of Guantanamo Bay has been decreasing,” said Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert from Northeastern University. “It has become less valuable as an anti-U.S. propaganda tool.”