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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:29 PM
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AP: Ex-Gitmo Detainees Arrive In Afghanistan (Most at Gitmo Innocent)
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Ex-Gitmo Detainees Arrive in Afghanistan

By RAHIM FAIEZ
Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Sixteen Afghans and one Iranian released from years in captivity at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday, an Afghan official said.

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Mujaddedi said many of the detainees, who are now free, had served up to four years in Guantanamo. He said "most" of the prisoners were innocent and had been turned in to the U.S. military by other Afghans because of personal disputes.

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One of the released prisoners, Sayed Mohammead Ali Shah, said he had been a delegate at the country's first loya jirga, a council of leaders that helped establish the interim government in 2002 after the U.S.-led invasion to oust the Taliban in 2001.

"For four years they put me in jail in Cuba for nothing," said Shah, a doctor from the eastern province of Paktia whose hands shook from nervousness when he spoke. "All these people (the other prisoners) and all those Afghans still in Cuba, they are innocent," he told reporters. "All were arrested because of false reports, and the Americans, without investigating, they arrested innocent people and put them in jail for a long time."

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Another former prisoner, Habib Rahman, 20, said he was arrested because he had a weapon in his home. "They told me, 'You are against us, you are anti-American and anti-government and you are fighting with us,'" said Rahman, from Paktia. "At that time in our area everyone had weapons. I was innocent and I hadn't participated in any fighting."

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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:33 PM
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1. Imprison the for four years and then let them go. Does anyone expect
them not to be angry, bitter, and possibly violent after all that?

I don't. To me it would be logical to hate the nation that did this to you.

Good work george. Our list of enemies grows by the second.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:25 PM
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