The Guantánamo Files: Additional Chapters Online – Tora Bora


The Guantanamo FilesTo mark the official launch on Wednesday of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (Pluto Press), I’ve just posted the second of 12 additional chapters featuring stories that I could not include in the book, either for reasons of space (to keep the book at a manageable length) or, in some cases, because the information was not available at the time of writing.

This additional chapter complements Chapter 4 of The Guantánamo Files, looking at the stories of 14 detainees not mentioned in the book, who were captured in the Tora Bora mountains, or in the city of Jalalabad, at the time of the US military’s much-hyped but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to kill or capture a significant group of al-Qaeda and senior Taliban leaders –- including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri –- who were holed up in the mountains in November and December 2001.

To mark the occasion of the book launch, I’d also like to thank the various organizations who have interviewed me over the last few weeks: in particular, the teams at the BBC World Service’s “The World Today” and “Outlook,” who interviewed me on October 10 and November 15, and Nihal and his young, enthusiastic crew at the BBC Asian Network, who welcomed me in Shepherd’s Bush on November 7. I’d also like to thank Press TV for their hospitality, and for familiarizing me on several occasions with the various traffic-choked routes to Ealing.

Thanks also to Sunny Hundal of Liberal Conspiracy for publicizing the book and the launch, Chris at ZNet for welcoming me on board, Mark Thwaite at the Book Depository for his review, in which he described the book as “shocking and vital,” the Canadian campaigning group Justice for Mohamed Harkat for highlighting the book’s publication, and Eleanor at the Care2 News Network for publicizing it to the network’s many readers. Thanks also to Marc Falkoff, editor of Poems From Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, for mentioning me in a fascinating interview in the Pennsylvania Gazette, in which he talks at length about the plight of Abdul Farhan Abdul Latif, one of the 17 Yemeni detainees that he represents, and to Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration, and a savage critic of the cabal currently running the White House, who plugged The Guantánamo Files in a powerful article on CounterPunch, lamenting the decline of the United States.

Details of further promotional events for The Guantánamo Files –- in London, Glasgow, Cambridge and Sheffield –- will follow soon.

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.

2 Responses

  1. The Kassandra Project says...

    Thank you for publish about conspiracy and what They don’t want we know. My question is simple: after wikileak published gitmo, how can we be sure that it’s all true?

  2. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Kassandra,
    Actually, after Wikileaks published the Standard Operating Manual, which I’ve read, the question that strikes me as more valid is: how can we be sure that it’s NOT all true?
    Do you see where I’m coming from?
    All the best,

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