I’ve just posted the eighth of 12 additional online chapters supplementing my book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press/the University of Michigan Press, and available from Amazon here). This additional chapter complements Chapter 10 of The Guantánamo Files, looking at the stories of 11 prisoners not mentioned in the book.
Mostly foreign stragglers, picked up individually by opportunistic Afghan soldiers, or by US forces acting on dubious intelligence, they were amongst the 45 or so prisoners seized in Afghanistan in late 2001, who were not held in Sheberghan prison, which features in Chapters 3 and 9, and in the previous online chapter.
What is most notable about their cases — beyond a demonstrable lack of any involvement with terrorism — is that those who are still detained have mostly been cleared for release, but cannot be repatriated for a variety of reasons that I explain in the chapter. As Barack Obama begins working out how to fulfill his pledge to close Guantánamo, securing a new home for these men –- and many dozens more –- will be a major challenge.
I now have just four more online chapters to complete –- two looking at prisoners seized in Pakistan, and two looking at the mainly Afghan prisoners seized between January 2002 and July 2003, when the industrial-scale rendition of prisoners to Guantánamo came to an end. I hope to have these completed by the end of the year, and to follow it up with a definitive list of all of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo.
Note: See the column on the left for the first seven online chapters, and the last four.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.
Writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo, co-director, We Stand With Shaker. Also, singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers) and photographer.
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