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Khadai Dad is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 655. American intelligence analysts estimate he was born in 1957, in Tarak, Afghanistan.

Khudai Dad was transferred to Afghanistan on February 8, 2006.[2]

Combatant Status Review Edit

Main article: Combatant Status Review Tribunal

Dad was among the 60% of prisoners who chose to participate in tribunal hearings.[3] A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee.

Dad's memo accused him of the following:[4]

  1. The detainee was to assume a prominent leadership role in Qandahar, Afghanistan via the negotiations between the Taliban Leadership and Pashtun Commanders.
  2. The detainee was identified as a Taliban official.
  3. On April 12, 2002, the detainee was captured by American forces at a compound utilized by Mullah Berader.
  4. Mullah Berader is a Taliban Commander, who, along with another senior Taliban facilitator plotted to kill the current Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

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.[5]

Dad chose to participate in his Administrative Review Board hearing.[6]

The following primary factors favor continued detention

a. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee, who places himself in his mid-forties, states he has a brother, Zainullah, who is twelve years old.
  2. Zainullah is the name of a 35 year-old Taliban facilitator, who is suspected of conducting bombings and utilizing improvised explosive devices against U.S Forces and the International Community of the Red Cross.
  3. The detainee said he lived in Taryitmak Village, Deh Rawud District, Oruagan Province, Afghanistan. He said there were three houses in his village. The detainee lived in one house, and his cousin Abdul Khaliq owned the other two.
  4. Zainullah's associate in the Deh Rawud District, Oruzgan Province was Abdul Khaliq.
  5. Mullah Zainullah is the former Taliban district chief of Deh Rawud Village, Oruzgan Province.
b. Other Relevant Data
  1. On 12 April 2002, the detainee was captured by American forces at a compound utilized by Mullah Berader.
  2. Mullah Berader is a Taliban Commander who, along with another senior Taliban facilitator, plotted to kill the current Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

a. The detainee denied having any knowledge of the attacks in the U.S. prior to their execution on September 11th. He also denied knowledge of any future attacks on the U.S. or its interest.
b. The detainee has never been a member of any terrorist or mudjahidin organization.
c. The detainee is a migrant farmer with no military experience.
d. According to the detainee, approximately 10 months before he was captured, the Taliban came to his village and attempted to recruit him to fight for the Taliban. When the detainee refused, he was tied up and beaten.

Recommendation memoEdit

In September 2007 the Department of Defense published the recommendation memos from the 133 captives whose repatriation was authorized following their first annual review board hearing.[7] According to his recommendation memo his transfer was authorized on October 17, 2005.[8]


The Department of Defense published a list of when captives were transferred from Guantanamo on November 25, 2008.[9] According to that list Khadai Dad was transferred to Afghan custody on February 8, 2006.

Possible capture in 2008Edit

In February 2008 senior Taliban leader Mansoor Dadullah was captured with five companions near the Afghan/Pakistan border.[10][11] One of his companions was identified as "Khudai Dad". MSNBC reported officials had offered two accounts of the six mens' capture. In one account the six men were captured during a raid on a religious seminary. According to the other account the six men were alleged to have refused to stop when ordered to do so, when attempting to enter Afghanistan, and to have fired back at security officials. Dadullah was reported to have been critically wounded during the capture, and to have died before he received medical attention. The other five men were reported to have been wounded as well.


  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". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  2. ' [1] The New York Times
  3. 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
  4. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Khadai Dad's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 14-19
  5. "Annual Administrative Review Boards for Enemy Combatants Held at Guantanamo Attributable to Senior Defense Officials". March 6, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  6. Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Khadai Dad's Administrative Review Board hearing - page 23
  7. OARDEC (2007-09). "Index to Transfer and Release Decisions for Guantanamo Detainees from Administrative Review Board Round 1 (Held at Guantanamo in 2005)". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. OARDEC (2005-10-17). "Administrative Review Board recommendation memo". United States Department of Defense. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  9. Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased [2] OARDEC 2008-10-09
  10. Pakistan: Taliban leader caught along border [3] 2008-02-11
  11. Senior Taliban Member, Mansoor Dadullah, Captured and Critically Wounded in Pakistan Raid [4] 2008-02-11