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Alif Khan is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States's Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 673.

He was repatriated on 23 March 2003.[2]

McClatchy News Service interviewEdit

On 15 June 2008 the McClatchy News Service published a series of articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives.[3] Alif Khan was one of the former captives who had an article profiling him.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Alif Khan told his McClatchy interviewer that he had to move to Kabul after his repatriation because his early release put him at risk from local Taliban in his home area.[9] They had approached him, upon his return to Khost, and told him he should travel to Waziristan and fight with the Taliban. When he declined he started receiving death threats.

He said that he was apprehended by Afghan troops in early 2002, while traveling from Khost to Kabul.[9] He said the same corrupt troops had stopped him a few days earlier, and had released him in return for a bribe. The troops who arrested him were under the overall command of warlord Abdullah Mujahid, who was later sent to Guantanamo himself.

Alif Khan said he never knew why had been sent to Guantanamo.[9] He had been issued a laminated card when he was repatriated to Afghanistan. He showed it to his interviewer, and asked for an explanation of what it said. It said:

"This individual has been determined to pose no threat to the United States military or its interests in Afghanistan."[9]

Alif Khan had been held in the Kandahar detention facility and the Bagram Theater Internment Facility prior to being sent to Guantanamo.[9]

The McClatchy reporter speculated that Alif Khan's early release was either a sign analysts determined he was completely innocent, or that the allegations against him were not regarded as being serious.[9]


  1. "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2006-05-15. 
  2. Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [1] OARDEC 2008-10-09
  3. Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 3 [2] Tom Lasseter 2008-06-15 mirror
  4. U.S. hasn't apologized to or compensated ex-detainees [3] Tom Lasseter June 18, 2008 mirror
  5. Pentagon declined to answer questions about detainees [4] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror
  6. Documents undercut Pentagon's denial of routine abuse [5] Tom Lasseter June 16, 2008 mirror
  7. Deck stacked against detainees in legal proceedings [6] Tom Lasseter June 19, 2008 mirror
  8. U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases [7] Tom Lasseter June 16, 2008 mirror
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Guantanamo Inmate Database: Alif Khan [8] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror

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