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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?

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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

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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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Taliban released for Bergdahl important cadres

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AFP/Global Post, 1 June 2014 Short bios of the five Telaban prisoners from Guantanamo, swapped for Bowe Bergdahl, based on AAN material.

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Five Taliban released for Sgt. Bergdahl? This is how wars end.

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Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2014 The Monitor picks up AAN background material from 2013, on the “scant” proof available against four of the five now released Taleban prisoners on war crimes.

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The five Taliban swapped for Bowe Bergdahl

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CBS, 31 May 2014 As a background to the deal that freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl from Taleban captivity, the TV station uses AAN material on the five Taleban leaders that were meant to be swapped in 2012. The five Taleban leaders now swapped have not officially been named yet.

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Freeing the ‘Guantanamo Five’ 2: Kafka in Cuba (first posted: 11-03-2012)

Kate Clark

A possible prisoner exchange – captured US soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, for five key members of the Taleban who are held in Guantanamo Bay – is top of the Taleban’s agenda for negotiations, according to their spokesman, Sohail Shaheen, speaking to AP. When this exchange was first mooted in early 2012, it caused outrage among some […]

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Releasing the Guantanamo Five? 1: Biographies of the prisoners (first posted: 09-03-2012)

Kate Clark

Now that the Taleban office in Qatar has been opened, a US-Taleban prisoner exchange is again on the table. It would mean the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Haqqani-linked, Taleban commander, Mullah Sangin in 2009, being exchanged for four senior and one junior Taleban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay; they include […]

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The Other Guantanamo 4: The Final Handover of Bagram in Sight?

Kate Clark

The transfer of detainees held at Bagram airbase from US to Afghan hands is once again in full swing. Transfers had begun after the US and Afghan governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on transferring Bagram almost a year ago, but they were suspended by the US in late summer 2012, due to reluctance […]

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