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Haroon al-Afghani is an Afghan citizen currently held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1]

As of October 13, 2010, Haroon al Afghan has been held at Guantanamo for three years four months.[2]

On June 22, 2007, the United States Department of Defense acknowledged transferring Haroon al-Afghani to Guantanamo.[3][4][5]

The DoD claims that he is al al Qaida courier, and "There is significant information available that Haroon al-Afghani is a senior commander of Hezb-e-Islami/Gulbuddin."

According to DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman[5]:

  • "He commanded multiple HiG terrorist cells, conducted IED (improvised explosive device) attacks in Nangarhar province, and is assessed to have regular contact with senior Al-Qaeda and HiG leadership,"
  • "He may have additional information with respect to ongoing Al-Qaeda operations, and may have information that is useful to us in thwarting future attacks."
  • "Remember that Guantanamo serves a number of functions. One is its an intelligence center as well as a detention facility, and its a place where we have built the structure and capacity to try people for ... War crimes through the military commission process."

In late November 2008 the New York Times published a page summarizing the official documents from each captive.[6] The New York Times stated that no further official records of his detention—no Combatant Status Review Tribunal had been published.[2] They identified him as identified captive 10028.


  1. Afghan terror suspect transferred to Guantanamo Bay prison [1] Gabriel Haboubi June 22, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Guantanamo Docket: Haroon al-Afghani [2] Margot Williams 2008-11-03 mirror
  3. Terror Suspect Transferred To Guantanamo [3] June 22, 2007
  4. U.S. says Afghan prison not meant to be Gitmo alternative [4] Deb Reichman June 22, 2007
  5. 5.0 5.1 Afghan insurgent commander lands in Guantanamo [5] June 23, 2007
  6. The Detainees [6] 2008-11-23 mirror

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