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Two More Guantánamo Detainees Are Approved for Release

  • October 13, 2021

Another 12 are in military commission proceedings, six of whom are charged in capital cases. The other 15 detainees are held as “law of war” prisoners, essentially forever captives of the conflict that began after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Ms. Rayner said Mr. al-Kazimi sought to be transferred to an Arabic-speaking country where he could be reunited with his wife and would be able to “someday see his four children and his grandchildren.”

“What he wants is to live in a stable country in peace,” she said. But she added that Mr. al-Kazimi is “concerned about the unknowns ahead of him — and knows that many men have been cleared and yet languished for years.”

Mr. Gul’s transfer presents more difficulties. His lawyers have been pursuing his release through an unlawful detention petition in federal court, and last year obtained support for his repatriation from the government of Afghanistan, before it fell to the Taliban.

He was captured by Afghan forces while serving as a commander of the Hezb-i-Islami militia, which fought the American and allied invasion of Afghanistan along with the Taliban and Al Qaeda. The board said in its decision, also dated Oct. 7, that it had concluded he could be safely transferred, with security arrangements, in light of his “lack of a leadership role in extremist organizations and his lack of a clear ideological basis for his prior conduct.” It did not make a recommendation on where he should go.

The United States has repatriated more than 200 Afghan detainees during the nearly 20 years it has held prisoners at Guantánamo, all of them while Afghanistan was led by a government allied with and supported by the United States.

Oman has been considered an ideal, culturally compatible nation to receive Yemeni detainees. 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 for them to marry.

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