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Ehsanullah is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 523.

McClatchy News Service interviewEdit

On June 15, 2008 the McClatchy News Service published a series of articles based on interviews with 66 former Guantanamo captives.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Ehsanullah was one of the former captives who had an article profiling him.[9]

Ehsanullah acknowledged having once served as a Taliban foot-soldier, but stated he was an involuntary conscript.[9] He said he abandoned his post as soon as he learned that the Taliban government had collapsed, and was trying to make his way home, when he was captured by Northern Alliance soldiers. He said he and other captives, taken at the same time, were sold to the Americans for a bounty. "The commander told the Americans that he had arrested high-ranking Taliban and got $5,000 for each of us."

According to Ehsanullah[9]: "There was no training. They said, 'This is the trigger; pull it.'"

Ehsanullah was interviewed by telephone because he feared local Taliban sympathizers learning he had met with a foreigner.[9] The McClatchy reporters found that local security officials had never heard of him.[9]

Ehsanullah was held in both the Bagram Theater Internment Facility and the Kandahar detention facility, prior to being transferred to Guantanamo.[9] He reported being physically abused in American custody in Afghanistan, and he reported witnessing an American GI throwing a Koran into a bucket of excrement.

Ehsanullah said conditions were better in Guantanamo, no one beat him, he was interrogated infrequently, and when he was[9]: "They kept asking me why I was arrested," he said. "They told me that the (northern alliance) commander had sold me to them, and they were trying to figure out what the truth was."

Ehsanullah was held for less than a year.[9]

Height and weight recordsEdit

On March 16, 2007 the Department of Defense published limited height and weight records for the captives.[10][11][12][13]

See alsoEdit

  • Ehsanullah, a Guantanamo captive with a similar name, released on March 23, 2003, six weeks earlier.


  1. OARDEC (May 15, 2006). "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 7 [1] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008
  3. Guantanamo Inmate Database: Page 2 [2] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 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 9.7 Guantanamo Inmate Database: Ehsanullah [8] Tom Lasseter June 15, 2008 mirror
  10. JTF-GTMO (2007-03-16). "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-22.  mirror
  11. Heights, weights, and in-processing dates [9] Sonia Saini, Almerindo Ojeda
  12. "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)". Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. 
  13. Starvation statistics [10] Andy Worthington

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