ISLAMABAD– 2 Afghan detainees who were kept in U.S. custody for a minimum of 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center after 2002 were launched from home arrest in Oman, a Taliban spokesperson stated Sunday.
Abdul Zahir Saber and Abdul Karim were launched as an outcome of the efforts made by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Taliban interior ministry spokesperson Abdul Mateen Qani stated.
Senior Taliban authorities published photos of Saber and Karim on social networks with messages of congratulations. A main welcome event is being arranged in the capital, Kabul, for their return on Monday, Qani stated.
The 2 guys were kept in Guantanamo till 2017, when they were moved to the Gulf kingdom of Oman, where they invested the next 7 years under home arrest, prohibited to take a trip.
The United States opened the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, under President George W. Bush in January 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the intrusion of Afghanistan to record al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. It was planned at the time to hold and question those thought of having links to al-Qaida or the Taliban, who had protected bin Laden.
Nevertheless, ratings of suspects from numerous nations were later on sent out there and the detention center ended up being infamous after reports emerged of detainees being embarrassed and tortured.
Saber, who was initially from the province of Logar, was detained by American forces on Might 10, 2002, Qani stated. In October that year, after 4 months in Bagram jail simply outside Kabul, Saber was moved to Guantanamo.
” As an outcome of the efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, after several years in jail and enforced constraints will be eliminated, he will go back to his homeland,” stated Qani.
Karim, a local of Tani district of Khost province, in the east, was detained in Pakistan on Aug. 14, 2002. After a couple of months in jail there, he was turned over to American forces.
He was relocated to Guantanamo in early 2003 and after that to Oman in 2017.