- There are multiple individuals named Abdul Ghaffar.
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Abdul Ghaffar is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held for more than four years as an enemy combatant in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. Abdul Ghaffar's Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 1032. American intelligence analysts estimate that he was born in 1958, in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Abdul Ghafaar was captured in Afghanistan in April 2003 and he was transferred back to Afghanistan on December 12, 2007, without being charged.
Combatant Status ReviewEdit
- Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal
Ghaffar was among the 60% of prisoners who participated in the tribunal hearings. A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee. The memo for his hearing lists the following allegations:
- a The detainee is associated with the Taliban
- On 27 March 2003, a Red Cross convoy was attacked in Afghanistan, and a member of the Red Cross was murdered on the scene
- Prior to the 27 March 2003, incident authorities in the Shahawali Kot area of Afghanistan were informed of a group operating in the area with the intent to do harm to westerners.
- The detainee lives in Shahawali Kot, Afghanistan.
- The detainee is suspected of being a bodyguard of the individual responsible for the killing of Red Cross personnel.
- On 03 April 03, individual name Abdul Ghaffar was known to possesses a satellite phone.
- The detainee was captured in a creek bed by U.S. forces on 21 April 03.
Administrative Review BoardEdit
Detainees whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal labeled them "enemy combatants" were scheduled for annual Administrative Review Board hearings. These hearings were designed to assess the threat a detainee may pose if released or transferred, and whether there are other factors that warrant his continued detention.
Ghaffar chose to participate in his Administrative Review Board hearing.
The following primary factors favor continued detention
- a. Commitment
- A road pass filed with the Consulate General of Pakistan gave Haji Abdul Ghafar permission to travel to Pakistan for multiple visits with Haji Abdul Satar.
- The detainee is suspected of being Haji Satar’s bodyguard and driver. It is believed that Haji Satar led a group of Taliban Forces and instructed them to kill westerners in Afghanistan.
- Mullah Satar was a leader on the ground of the group who killed the International Committee of the Red Cross worker. He was a top commander in Northern Afghanistan under the Taliban.
- The detainee claims he was sleeping when his wife and mother work him to check on helicopters hovering overhead.
- The detainee ran from U.S. Forces and was found hiding in a creek bed away from his home.
- The detainee claims the attack happened approximately six hours away from his village.
- The detainee claims that he heard about a Red Cross employee being killed and he heard that Satar was the killer.
- b. Connections and Associations
- An American non-governmental worker obtained information stating that a group of sixty men attacked the International Committee for the Red Cross. The group’s leaders included Abdul Hakim and Gut Mullah Satar.
- Abdul Hakim issued fatwas calling for jihad against the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
- Abdul Hakim delivered speeches in Shah Wali Kot in an attempt to rouse the people to action against the United States and the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan (ITGA). He also hoarded weapons and ammunition.
- A Pashtu letter found in Afghanistan in May 2002 mentioned the Detainee’s name and a person named Mullah Abdul Hakim Akhund as being connected with the International Committee of the Red Cross murder.
- Mullah Abdul Hakim Akhund is a Taliban facilitator and commander of approximately thirty people and is engaging in anti-United States and anti-Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan activities.
- Abdul Hakim may be a Hezbe Islami associate who traveled from Quetta, Pakistan to Kandahar, Afghanistan to recruit personnel to fight against U.S. forces.
- The Hezbe Islami Gulbuddin has stage small attacks in its attempt to force U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, overthrow the Afghan Transitional Administration and establish a fundamentalist state.
- Haji Satar had been killed by U.S. forces, but he was implicated in the March 2003 murder of an International Committee of the Red Cross worker.
- The group of International Committee of the Red Cross attacker consisted of Taliban and Hezbe Islami Gulbuddin personnel.
- The leaders of the International Committee of the Red Cross attackers stayed in caves in Takht Ghar, which are in the mountains in the Shah Wali Kot district.
- The detainee resides in the Shah Wali Kot district.
- c. Other relevant data
- The detainee may have hidden a satellite phone belonging to Satar just before detainment. The phone was never found despite extensive searches.
- The detainee had a Thuraya satellite phone.
- The detainee has a history of harassing guards.
The following factors favor release or transfer
- The detainee claimed he didn’t know any details about the murder. The detainee claims his innocence and that he doesn’t know Satar. The detainee claims that he’s not a Taliban or al Qaida supporter and doesn’t know anyone actively involved.
- The detainee claims that he was not aware of any other incidents regarding U.S. Forces being fired upon by anyone in the area.
- The detainee swears to God that he has never fired a weapon.
On November 25, 2008 the Department of Defense published a list of when Guantanamo captives were repatriated. According to that list he was repatriated on December 12, 2007.
The Center for Constitutional Rights reports that all of the Afghans repatriated to Afghanistan from April 2007 were sent to Afghan custody in the American built and supervised wing of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison near Kabul.
- ↑ list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
- ↑ '  The New York Times
- ↑ OARDEC, Index to Transcripts of Detainee Testimony and Documents Submitted by Detainees at Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo Between July 2004 and March 2005, September 4, 2007
- ↑ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Ghaffar'sCombatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 25-32
- ↑ "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". March 6, 2007. http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=3902. Retrieved November 12, 2010.
- ↑ Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Abdul Ghaffar's Administrative Review Board hearing - pages 13-25 - August 2005
- ↑ Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased  OARDEC 2008-10-09
- ↑ International Travel  mirror