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Who Are The Authentic 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

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Mullah Mazloom, generally recognized as Mullah Mohammad Fazl, was amongst 5 Taliban members despatched to Qatar in alternate for the discharge of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner by the militant Haqqani community within the tribal space of Pakistan’s northwest frontier. Mullah Mazloom, a former chief of the Taliban Military, is accused of getting a task within the massacres of Shiite Hazara in Afghanistan earlier than the US invasion in 2001, crimes that can’t be tried by a army fee. In Qatar, he has emerged as a member of the Taliban negotiating staff devising an settlement to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan and decide a power-sharing settlement between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban. He traveled to Pakistan as a part of the negotiating staff in the summertime of 2020, with advance approval of the U.S., Qatari and Pakistani governments.

Mr. Wasiq, a deputy minister of intelligence earlier than his seize in 2001, was additionally included within the Bergdahl commerce and has joined the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, Qatar. His brother-in-law, Ghulam Ruhani, was repatriated in 2007. Each males had been captured after attending a negotiating assembly with U.S. officers. As soon as transferred to Doha, the place he stays, Mr. Wasiq additionally took half within the talks with the US, which resulted within the launch of extra Taliban prisoners held by the Afghanistan authorities underneath a cope with the Trump administration that was meant to halt rebel Taliban assaults on U.S. forces.

Mullah Noori, who was a provincial governor in Afghanistan, has additionally joined the Taliban’s political workplace in Doha, Qatar. He and the opposite 4 Taliban prisoners who had been traded for the discharge of Sergeant Bergdahl stay as visitors of the Qatari authorities like many expatriates in Doha. They’ve been joined by household, ship their youngsters to a Pakistani faculty arrange for overseas households, and stay on authorities stipends in a compound. Their potential to journey is regulated by the Qatari authorities.

Mr. Shalabi turned one of many best-known Saudi prisoners at Guantánamo due to his long-running starvation strikes, which at occasions required that he be power fed. After returning to Saudi Arabia in September 2015, he was instantly despatched to jail on a three-year sentence that was minimize brief for “good conduct” and he was launched in 2018 after a yr or extra in a rehabilitation program. He has married and have become a father, making good on a want his lawyer put earlier than the Guantánamo parole board in April 2015 “to calm down, get married and have a household of his personal, and put the previous behind him.”

Mr. Rahizi, a Yemeni citizen who the US concluded couldn’t safely be repatriated, is confined to a cell within the United Arab Emirates, in keeping with activists who’ve spoken with the households of Yemenis who had been despatched there for resettlement by the Obama administration. American officers mentioned that the Emirates had agreed to determine a step-down program for detainees who couldn’t go residence — shifting from jail to a rehabilitation program to jobs within the space, which depends closely on overseas labor. That by no means materialized. The Life After Guantánamo mission, based mostly in London, describes detention within the Emirates as grim and threatening, partly as a result of the nation has thought of involuntarily repatriating former prisoners to Yemen, the place they might be at risk.

Mr. Malik, a Yemeni who glided by the identify Abdul Malik al Rahabi, resides in Montenegro, the place the US despatched him for resettlement, and making an attempt to promote artistic endeavors he painted whereas at Guantánamo. He was joined by his spouse and daughter, who discovered life there socially incompatible, so the household moved to Khartoum, Sudan. However life was troublesome there, too, and so they returned to Montenegro. Artwork gross sales stopped a while in the past and Mr. Malik’s thought to work as a driver and information for vacationers soured when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

As a Yemeni, Mr. Moqbel was ineligible for repatriation due to the civil struggle, which made it not possible for the Obama administration to barter protected safety preparations. As a substitute, neighboring Oman agreed to take him, together with 29 different detainees, in some of the profitable resettlement packages. He has discovered work in a manufacturing unit, married and is now father to 2 youngsters, in keeping with the previous Guantánamo prisoner Mansour Adayfi, who chronicles life after detention for some former prisoners. As a rule, former detainees in Oman refuse to talk with overseas reporters, apparently on the urging of the host nation.



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