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Monday, 08 August 2022 02:00 GMT

After 15 years in detention, Afghan national has been released from Guantanamo Bay


(MENAFN) Assadullah Haroon Gul, an Afghan native who had been incarcerated in the US military jail at Guantanamo Bay for fifteen years, has been freed.

Afghanistan's Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed in a statement on Friday that the prisoner was released as a consequence of “efforts of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [IEA] and its direct and positive interaction with the United States”.

“IEA considers this as its duty to release Afghans detained in other countries and strives to ensure that no Afghan remains oppressed in any country of the world,” the statement read, noting, “We are currently in contact with some of the countries where Afghans have been detained and efforts are underway to release them soon.”

Mujahid commended the Qatari government for assisting the Taliban in establishing contact with US authorities, which resulted in Haroon's release.

Haroon, who is in his forties, was kept at the infamous offshore US military jail for gross human rights violations without ever being charged with any war crimes.

Last month, Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani told CNN that the Taliban wished to build positive relations with the United States.

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