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US ready to release bin Laden’s ‘former bodyguard’ and Afghan terrorist commander

Two people, a Yemeni believed to be Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and an Afghan commander who fought with al-Qaeda, are set to be relocated from Guantanamo Bay for rehabilitation, according to documents released on Wednesday.

The Interagency Periodic Review Board approved the transfers of Sanad Islam al-Kazimi and Asadullah Haroon Gul, bringing the number of detainees in Guantanamo to 37.

neither was ever charged a Crime.

Al-Kazimi, 51, who was captured in Dubai in 2003, will resettle in Oman, a neighboring country of his home country Yemen. Yemen is considered too unstable to rehabilitate detainees, while Oman already accepted 39 during the Obama administration. Al-Kazimi’s lawyer, Martha Rainer, said her client is in “very good” health and “hopes to move as soon as possible.”

Al-Kazimi had sought to relocate to an Arabic-speaking country where he could be reunited with his wife and ‘someday see their four children and their grandchildren. new York Times.

It is not yet clear where 40-year-old Gul will be shifted. He was captured by Afghan forces in 2007 when he served as an Islamic commander and fought alongside the Taliban and al-Qaeda against US-backed forces.

The board decided that “the lack of leadership roles in extremist organizations and the lack of a clear ideological basis for their prior conduct” led them to be safely transferred with security arrangements. Didn’t say where he should go.

Gul’s lawyers had pursued his release through an illegal detention petition, and last year the Afghan government agreed to support his repatriation, but not before it could be handed over to the Taliban.

A Yemeni believed to be Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard will be transferred to Oman

The Biden administration has indicated it is aiming to close a military prison in Cuba before leaving office, reviving an Obama-era promise

The Biden administration has indicated it is aiming to close a military prison in Cuba before leaving office, reviving an Obama-era promise

The Biden administration has indicated it aims to close a military prison in Cuba before leaving office, reviving an Obama-era promise.

Congress stood in the way of an effort by preventing any captives from setting foot on the American mainland. Only one other prisoner, Abdul Latif Nasser of Morocco, has been released under the Biden administration, and that was under a deal reached during the Obama years.

With Wednesday’s announcement, 12 men could be eligible for release if the US State Department can reach an agreement with a receiving nation to enforce security protocols, such as restricting their ability to travel abroad.

Meanwhile, another 12 are in the midst of military commission proceedings and 15 are held as ‘law of war’ prisoners with no plans to be released due to their alleged role in the 9/11 attacks.

Guantanamo has reportedly cost American taxpayers more than $6 billion since its inception.

American taxpayers spend between about $9.5 and $13 million per year per prisoner. There are currently 40 inmates in the jail. This is compared to the $78,000 spent per inmate at a ‘Supermax’ prison in Florence, Colo., which is home to some of the highest-risk inmates in America.

Guantanamo has reportedly cost American taxpayers more than $6 billion since its inception.

Guantanamo has reportedly cost American taxpayers more than $6 billion since its inception.

In 2019, a top lawyer there filed a whistleblower complaint against the prison alleging 'gross financial ruin' and 'gross mismanagement'.

In 2019, a top lawyer there filed a whistleblower complaint against the prison alleging ‘gross financial ruin’ and ‘gross mismanagement’.

That figure includes charter planes to and from the island with few passengers, hundreds of thousands of government equipment worth of government equipment destroyed each year to spread classified information, defense attorneys funded by the Pentagon half a million per year. Dollar costs and a total of $60 million in legal costs, even though Guantanamo only received two final convictions.

In 2019, a top lawyer there filed a whistleblower complaint against the prison alleging ‘gross financial ruin’ and ‘gross mismanagement’.

Costs have increased dramatically over the years—a 2013 Defense Department report calculated the detention cost per prisoner to be just $2.7 million.

Captain Brian L. Mizar, a naval lawyer who has represented Guantanamo detainees for years, called to jail ‘America’s tiniest boutique prison, reserved exclusively for alleged geriatric jihadists.’

About 770 men and boys are held as prisoners of war in Guantanamo, with a prison population of 677 in 2003.

The Bush administration, which opened the prison after 9/11, released 540 detainees, most of whom were deported to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The Obama administration released another 200. Trump effectively put a moratorium on the release.

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