According to documents released on Wednesday, two people who have been held at Guantanamo Bay for years without charge – a Yemeni and an Afghan whose repatriation would most likely lead to an agreement with the Taliban – have been approved for relocation. has been given.
Interagency Periodic Review Board supported the transfer of Sanad Islam Al-Kazimi And Asadullah Haroon Gully with security arrangements, but did not suggest where Mr Gul, an Afghan civilian who has been held with US forces since 2007, might be sent.
The board said Mr. al-Kazimi should be resettled in Oman, a Persian Gulf country separate from his native Yemen, whose resettlement program received 30 detainees during the Obama administration. Yemen is considered too unstable to monitor and help rehabilitate the returnees.
The board approved Mr. Al-Kazimi’s transfer on 7 October, less than two weeks after the State Department official responsible for overseeing the prisoner transfer arrangements. John T. Godfrey, visited Oman, UAE and London in his capacity as Acting Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism.
Biden administration officials would not comment on efforts to bring back or rehabilitate detainees.
Mr. Al-Kazimi, 41, was captured in Dubai in January 2003. US military intelligence considered him to be Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard in Afghanistan. Mr. Al-Kazimi’s lawyer, Martha RaynerA Fordham Law School professor said he was in “fairly good” health and “looks forward to relocating as soon as possible.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and other officials have said the president aims to clear the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, reviving a promise made by President Barack Obama when Mr Biden was vice president.
Congress thwarted that effort by refusing to transfer any detainees from Guantanamo to the United States for any reason. The Biden administration has made no progress on lifting the ban, which would be a significant step toward closing the prison. only one prisoner, Abdul Latif Nasser of Morocco, has been released since Mr. Biden took office, and it was under a deal reached during the Obama administration.
Wednesday’s Revelations 12. extended to The number of men in Guantanamo, 39, of wartime prisoners who could be released if the United States could reach an agreement with a receiving nation to impose security sanctions, including measures restricting their ability to travel abroad Will be included.
Another 12 are in military commission proceedings, of which six are charged in major cases. The other 15 detainees are “held as”Law of War “Prisoners”An essentially forever captive of the conflict that began after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Ms Rainer said there were demands for Mr al-Kazimi to be relocated to an Arabic-speaking country where he could be reunited with his wife and “someday see their four children and their grandchildren.”
“What she wants is to live in peace in a stable country,” she said. But she said Mr al-Kazimi is “concerned about the unknowns ahead of him – and is aware that many of the men have been cleaned up and yet languishing over the years.”
Mr Gul’s transfer presents more difficulties. His lawyers are seeking his release in federal court and through an unlawful detention petition last year received support for their repatriation From the government of Afghanistan before falling into the hands of the Taliban.
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He was captured by Afghan forces while serving as the commander of the Hizb-e-Islami militia, which fought the US and allied invasion of Afghanistan along with the Taliban and al Qaeda. The board also said in its decision on 7 October that it had concluded that she should be safely transferred with security arrangements, in light of her “lack of leadership role in extremist organizations and a clear ideological basis for it”. can. prior conduct.” He did not recommend where he should go.
The United States has repatriated more than 200 Afghan detainees in Guantanamo over the course of nearly 20 years, all of them while Afghanistan was led by a government affiliated and supported by the United States.
Oman has been recognized as an ideal, culturally friendly nation for receiving Yemeni prisoners. The country’s program has generated no known controversy and has helped Yemeni detainees find homes and jobs and, in some instances, allowed family members in Yemen to send women to marry for them.
Conversely, human rights groups and lawyers for some former detainees have criticized the program for continuing detainees sent to the UAE for resettlement and rehabilitation and then abruptly returning some of them to Afghanistan and Yemen.