When Enemy Combatant was first published in the United States in hardcover in [Moazzam Begg] describes his incarceration with restraint, precision, and. Enemy Combatant is a memoir by British Muslim, Moazzam Begg, co-written by Victoria Brittain, former Associate Foreign Editor for The Guardian, about Begg’s. Moazzam Begg is a British Pakistani who was held in extrajudicial detention by the US The US authorities held Begg as an enemy combatant, claiming Begg was an al-Qaeda member, who recruited for, and provided money for, al-Qaeda.

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It seemed quite outrageous to me: To me Foshee was an enigma: InBritish police arrested Begg on charges of alleged terrorist activities during the Syrian civil war. This book was clear and easy to read although Moazzam mentions so many names it is difficult to keep track – it must’ve been difficult even for him to do so, I imagine. The author, either a pious bookseller and humanitarian or a supporter of al-Qaida, depending on whom you ask, was abducted from his house in Islamabad and spent three years in the titular prisons.

Later, a military investigation into reports of abuse at Bagram concluded that both deaths were caused by abuse by American guards. Those screams echoed through my worst nightmares for a long time.

He described graphically the assaults he’d been in, the friends he’d seen killed, the civilian massacres, and the stress he’d suffered on return to the US. I agreed to be their witness to whatever. How did this guy understand Islam like this is beyond me, and it does show he lacked education big time. Jan 07, Rasha Afifi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It happened to me, Begg.

I wished I would never wake up again. They’d constantly play ear-splitting heavy metal tracks by Marilyn Manson to brgg down new detainees. While he awaited his fate, he adds, during his stay in Guantanamo Bay, he was often in such crammed conditions that he had to sleep standing up.


An iguana had died underneath my cell. Once I thought, when the screams started up, “I am just going to slip my wrists out of the shackles, hit the guard, grab the weapon off him and go next door to stop what is happening. But I couldn’t see the connection between me, in shackles here in Bagram, and begy obscure mosque in West Yorkshire that I’d never heard of. When I first saw Sergeant Foshee, I thought, “He’s too old to be in the army; they must be desperate.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It makes my heart ache to read this book.

From a parallel world

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman later said there was “no credible evidence that Begg was ever abused by US forces”, and US intelligence officials insisted Begg had enemg the harshness of his treatment, [4] [33] though Whitman declined to answer whether Begg’s abuse allegations had ever been investigated.

You’re being very selfish.

Begg gave a number of presentations to the Islamic Society at University College London inat a time that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was its president. All the MPs were looking at each other, one person asking another and everyone accusing the next person: The Americans dished out baklava. Its about a muslim man who was put into prison after prison.

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By now I’d been raised to the status of some rogue James Bond-type figure. Ramadan is marked with a festival called Eid ul-Fitr, when Muslims are required to give money or food to the poor. The writing is such that you immediately empathi This is an incredible prisoner memoir, written by a Brit who was abducted in the middle of the night from his family whilst in Pakistan, by American and Pakistani intelligence services.

Paper”Islam Online2 January One theme that stood out throughout the book is the ignorance of Americans. Sometime later he started to receive profoundly redacted replies from his family and British lawyers who were working to get him released.


In DecemberBegg made a video appeal to the Swords of Righteousness Brigadethe Iraqi kidnappers of four Western peace workersasking for their release.

Retrieved 15 July Begg also tried to travel to Chechnyain the early s during its war with Russia. After that first heavy interrogation they took me into another room and left me there.

Feb 20, Mehmet Akif Koc rated it really liked it. Moazzam Begg was innocent besides what Wiki or other racist pro republican sites might claim, because as an american you are innocent until proven guilty unless you are a muslim or African American since the US never charged him that means that they never had anything on him.

He has travelled on speaking tours, and worked to persuade governments to accept former detainees for resettlement. Kandahar ; Bagram ; Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

He didn’t answer, reiterating that Britain would never take part in rendition and torture. Begg returned to Birmingham in and, along with Imran Khan, a former stockbroker, [32] opened the ‘Maktabah Al Ansar’ Islamic book and video shop, in Sparkhill, Birmingham. Archived from the original on 27 September Begg had thought that these camps were not what we would recognise as military camps but more like a field event for some countryside orientation adventures.

My years in captivity

Suicide attempts Quran desecration controversy Boycott of military tribunals Former captives alleged to mazzam re joined insurgency Hunger strikes Force feeding Homicide accusations Juvenile prisoner Seton Hall reports. For around six months, I remained in my cell inside this standalone room, where the lights were always on, though dimmed a little at night.

Begg was seized by Pakistani officers in Islamabad in Februaryturned over to the U. It seems that history is doomed to repeat itself.