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American politics grounded in fear, ignorance and fantasy: New special report on Afghans in Guantanamo, as US prepares to withdraw troops

Kate Clark

President Joe Biden has announced that American troops will leave Afghanistan before 11 September 2021, a day that will mark twenty years since al-Qaeda attacked the United States and drew US forces to Afghanistan. Another anniversary is also looming: it will soon be twenty years since President George Bush opened the Guantanamo Bay detention camp […]

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New Special Report from AAN: “Kafka in Cuba, a Follow-Up Report: Afghans Still in Detention Limbo as Biden Decides What to do with Guantanamo”

Kate Clark

As newly-elected United States President Joe Biden considers what to do with the almost two-decades-old ‘war on terror’ detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, we publish a special report on the last Afghans held there. Two Nangraharis, Asadullah Harun Gul and Mohammad Rahim, have both been detained since 2007. We also trace the fates […]

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A Son of Nangrahar Paints the Sea: Afghan artwork from Guantanamo

Kate Clark

As an art exhibition featuring the works of eight current and former Guantanamo detainees, Yemeni, Algerian, Pakistani and Kuwaiti, is now showing in New York, we thought we would look at the paintings and sculptures of an Afghan who is still in the prison camp, who is not featured in the exhibition. Assad (known in […]

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Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay (Left to Right): Hamidullah, Bostan Karim, Abdul Zahir, Haji Wali Mohammed and Obaidullah. Photo: New York Times

AAN’s Kate Clark on her new report “Kafka in Cuba: New AAN report on the Afghan experience in Guantánamo” – December 2016

Kate Clark

AAN’s Kate Clark discusses her new report “Kafka in Cuba: New AAN report on the Afghan experience in Guantánamo”.  

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The NUG, brought to light by 'midwife' John Kerry in 2014, will be part of Obama's Afghan legacy for President Donald Trump. Photo c/o US Embassy Kabul

“People That Hate Us”: What can Afghans expect from President Trump?

Kate Clark Thomas Ruttig

If Hillary Clinton had won Tuesday’s race for the White House, the world would now have a good sense of who her top officials would be and what her foreign policy would look like. With a Secretary of State-turned-president, Afghanistan could have expected business to carry on pretty much as normal. With Donald Trump coming […]

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Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay (Left to Right): Hamidullah, Bostan Karim, Abdul Zahir, Haji Wali Mohammed and Obaidullah. Photo: New York Times

Kafka in Cuba: New AAN report on the Afghan experience in Guantánamo

Kate Clark

A major new report from AAN’s Kate Clark looks at the Afghan experience in Guantanamo, where a quarter of the total number of detainees held were Afghan, the largest national group. The report takes a ‘deep dive’ into the cases of eight of the longest-serving Afghan detainees. Five are still in Cuba, while three were […]

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From Guantanamo to the UAE: A scrutiny of the three Afghan transfer cases

Kate Clark

Three of the eight remaining Afghans detained by the United States in Guantanamo have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates. The three had each spent 13 or 14 years in detention. None were captured on the battlefield, but detained after tip-offs or were handed over to the US by Afghan forces. Their files reveal […]

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There are no known pictures of Mohammed Kamin, now cleared for release from Guantanamo. Even the US military’s intelligence Assessment of him has only a blacked out face.

Kafka in Cuba 3: Afghan who wore the wrong type of watch to be released from Guantanamo

Kate Clark

One of the eight Afghans still detained at Guantanamo Bay, Mohammad Kamin, has been cleared for release after a new review board assessed it was no longer necessary to detain him. Kamin, now in his late 30s and from Khost, has been incarcerated for 12 years, a third of his life. The United States believed […]

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The Gitmo Five: a hypothetical threat?

AAN

Himal (Kathmandu), 6 June 2014 A very clearly written piece by former the UN human rights chief in Kabul, Norah Niland, away from the overwhelming focus on the US perspective(s) elsewhere in many media, pointing out the shortcomings of the Guantanamo system, with its “common characteristic of the Bush and Obama administrations of equating suspicion of ‘terrorist’ activity […]

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Ein filmreifer Deal und viele Fragen

Thomas Ruttig

Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland), 5 June 2014 Article (in German) about the Afghan prisoner swap between the US and the Taleban, with quotes of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, saying, among other things that  fears the Taleban could learn from their success with Bergdahl that it pays to abduct US soldiers are unrealistic, that the choice of Qatar as a […]

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A Matter of Honor: Why So Many Soldiers Are Angry at the Bergdahl Deal

AAN

The National Interest, 3 June 2014 On this right-wing website, AAN gets flak (via a quote on the ThinkProgress blog) for its suggestion that all Taleban prisoners must be released with the end of the US military involvement in Afghanistan, “demonstrating willful ignorance of the law of armed conflict”: “Let’s state this as plainly as possible: […]

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Why The Five Taliban Detainees Had To Be Released Soon, No Matter What

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Think Progress (blog), 2 June 2014 This article uses the biographies of the five exchanged Taleban prisoners compiled by AAN as a background.    

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