first published on March 21, 2019 by Will
The “American Taliban” fighter, John Walker Lindh, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and convicted in 2002 of supporting the terror group, is set to be released from prison in May.
While in prison, Lindh managed to obtain Irish citizenship in 2013, and says he’s planning on moving there upon his release. Irish law allows foreigners to apply for citizenship if one or more of their grandparents was an Irish-born citizen. Lindh’s paternal grandmother was born in in Ireland in 1929.
Lindh’s pending release is causing international security concerns, especially since he has never denounced his radical Islamist ideals. In fact, the National Counterterrorism Center has warned that Lindh remains as radicalized as ever, citing his recent advocations for global jihad through violent extremist texts.
Ireland’s Department of Justice claimed Lindh can come and go as he pleases, considering he is now an Irish citizen.
Lindh was being held as a prisoner in the 2001 Battle of Qala-i-Jangi prison uprising near Kunduz, in which American and British spec ops and CIA operatives fought for a week to quell the revolt.