Biden administration takes first step towards closing Guantanamo Bay by handing over alleged Taliban terrorist

A former accused Taliban Terror is now free as the Biden administration takes the first step toward possibly closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Abdullatif Nasser was arrested after fighting US forces in Afghanistan and held in Guantanamo Bay since 2002, according to NBC News.

Based on Newsweek, the Ministry of Defense described him as a Taliban fighter and a member of the al-Qaida military committee who had direct links to Osama bin Laden.

Nasser was on a list of detainees the Obama administration wanted to release, but “the necessary steps to expedite repatriation were not completed before the Obama administration ended,” the Pentagon said. in one declare in Monday.

Authorities handed over people of Moroccan descent to that country’s government on Monday, according to New York Times.


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According to Thomas Anthony Durkin of Chicago, Nasser’s attorney, his family will support Nasser by offering him a job cleaning his brother’s swimming pool in Casablanca.

According to The Times, the conditions for Nasser’s release could include government surveillance of his activities and a ban on him going outside of Morocco.

“The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for its longstanding partnership in ensuring the national security interests of both countries,” the Pentagon said in its statement.

“The United States is also extremely grateful for the UK’s willingness to support the ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.”

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump opposed former President Barack Obama’s plan to eventually close the facility located in Cuba, according to reports. Politico.

Since taking office, the Biden administration has said it wants to close the detention facility by 2024.

The facility was opened by President George W. Bush in 2002 to house terrorists after the 9/11 attacks. There are currently 39 inmates at the facility, according to Politico.

In May, a group Republican Senator said they opposed the closure.


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Their letter to Biden says that “removing the remaining 40 or closing the facility creates unnecessary risk.” At the time of the letter, Nasser had not yet been released.

“We must avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and ensure that GTMO detainees are brought to justice,” the senators wrote, urging Biden to “assure Congress and the American people that you will not release or transfer current detainees.”

Feelings of the Republican Party. Jim Lankford of Oklahoma, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Ted Cruz of Texas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Steve Daines of Montana and Jerry Moran of Kansas signed the letter.

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The letter said the Guantanamo facility “plays an important role in the War on Terror.”

“Serving as a detention center for the past 19 years, the camp has housed hundreds of terrorists, including 680 incarcerated at its peak in 2003,” the senators said. Note that among those still detained is Khalid Sheik Mohammed, considered a major planner. of the 9/11 attacks.

“As you know from your tenure on Capitol Hill, a majority of Congress does not support closing prisons or transferring detainees to the United States,” the letter read.

“These provisions remain important to ensure that GTMO operations continue and that no US state is forced to take in these detainees. No American — in your home state of Delaware or anywhere else — should be at risk of hosting Khalid Sheik Mohammed or other terrorists near their community,” the senators wrote.


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