Afghans among 15 Gitmo detainees transferred to UAE
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Obama administration has announced the transfer of 15 detainees, including Afghan citizens, from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A prison task force had approved in 2009 the transfer of six of the detainees, the Pentagon said. Keeping the other nine was not necessary to counter a continuing significant threat, it added.
Including the citizens of Afghanistan, Yemen and the UAE, the inmates will be transferred to the UAE, a statement from the Department of Defense said.
As a result of largest single transfer under the presidencyof Barack Obama, the shifting of prisoners reduces the population at the notorious prison to 61. When Obama took office, 242 suspects were held at Guantanamo
The review boards consist of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justiceand State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Obaidullah, an Afghan who was allegedly forced by the Taliban to learn about land mines, is among those who will be freed.Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari, who is said a former bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, is also on the list.
The full list is: Abd al-MuhsinAbd al-RabSalih al-Busi, Abd al-Rahman Sulayman, Mohammed Nasir YahiKhussrofKazaz, Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassar al-Muhajari, Muhammad Ahmad Said al-Adahi, Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari, Mahmud Abd Al Aziz al-Mujahid, Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah SaremJarabh, Mohammed Kamin, Zahar Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun, Hamid al-Razak (aka Haji Hamidullah), Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed, AyubMurshid Ali Salih, Obaidullah, and Bashir Nasir Ali al-Marwalah.
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