IT BEGINS: First Of 17 GITMO Terrorists To Be Released Next Week

Haji Hamidullah will be released from GITMO next week. Here’s a little background on this known terrorist:

A current Guantanamo detainee was an “agent of the Iranian Savama (Ministry of Intelligence and Security)” and “closely associated” with the Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), and al Qaeda, according to a recently leaked threat assessment. The detainee, an Afghan named Haji Hamidullah (Internment Serial Number 1119), joined the HIG in the early 1980s to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and remained a member of the organization until his capture in 2003.

In a leaked threat assessment dated April 23, 2008, Joint Task Force – Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) analysts concluded that Hamidullah “was one of one of the most significant former Afghan HIG members detained” at Guantanamo because of his extensive involvement in anti-Coalition activities.

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) previously identified Hamidullah as a HIG “commander…closely connected to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.” The NDS also reported that Hamidullah “was responsible for explosions” and “murdered 71 people.”

THE FIRST OF 17:

The first of 17 detainees scheduled to be released from the Guantánamo Bay prison in January will be transferred next week, as the Obama administration continues to reduce the population at the controversial detention center, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

Another three detainees are slated to appear before a review board during January to determine if they can also be considered eligible for transfer to another country, the official added.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter notified Congress earlier this month that 17 detainees would be transferred to other countries in January. Those transfers will begin with several moving out next week. The 17 are more transfers than Carter has approved all year, and they will reduce the total detainees at Guantánamo to 90, with 31 still eligible for transfer.

In the 10 months since Carter took office in February, he transferred 15 detainees out of Guantánamo.

Via: Miami Herald


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