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Officials: Taliban chief once held at Gitmo

March 11, 2009

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— The Taliban’s new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison.

U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.

Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

There are probably lots of innocent bystanders whose torture under BushCo convinced them to no longer be bystanders.

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barrypenders 5 years, 1 month ago

Reed and Pelosi told me this guy was just an innocent bystander that Bush captured in Afghanistan to support his little war on terrorists?

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madmike 5 years, 1 month ago

Why did we release him to begin with?

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