Guantanamo Bay

Hezbullah (ISN 666)

Written by Andy Worthington Thursday, 17 November 2011
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Born in 1984 and described in his assessment on July 23, 2003 as a Pakistani national born in Miram Shah, and not an Afghan, his full name was given as Hezbullah Abd Jalil Andar, and it was also noted that he had been described as being an Afghan “because that was where he had been living since 1990 and [he] considered that his home,” and also that he “wishe[d] to be repatriated back to his family in Afghanistan.”

Born in 1984 and described in his assessment on July 23, 2003 as a Pakistani national born in Miram Shah, and not an Afghan, his full name was given as Hezbullah Abd Jalil Andar, and it was also noted that he had been described as being an Afghan “because that was where he had been living since 1990 and [he] considered that his home,” and also that he “wishe[d] to be repatriated back to his family in Afghanistan.”

 

 

It was also stated that, sometime in April 2002, when he may only have been 17 years old (hence his inclusion in my recent article,WikiLeaks and the 22 Children of Guantánamo), he “was cutting alfalfa on his farm” in Afghanistan, when “Coalition forces appeared in his village, searching the area.” He was asked if he knew Saifullah Rahman Mansoor, and when he said that he did, he showed the soldiers the way to Mansoor’s house, and, with his cousin, “helped the soldiers move objects from the house, after it was searched, and load them on a truck.” The soldiers then asked Hezbullah and his cousin to accompany them, and US Military Police took them to Gardez, “where they underwent biographical data interrogations.” They were then taken to Bagram, “where they stayed for approximately 40 days undergoing two full interrogations,” and “were then transported to Kandahar for 20-25 days.” He was then transferred to Guantánamo, on June 13, 2002, and the spurious reason that was given for his transfer was “because of his knowledge of the Taliban in Afghanistan.”

 

It seems that hIs cousin is probably Abdul Al Hameed Andarr (ISN 668, see below), who was assessed as being a “low-level Taliban member,” although no such claim was made for Hezbullah. In its assessment, the Joint Task Force stated that it “consider[ed] the information obtained from and about him as not valuable or tactically exploitable,” and added, “Based on current information, detainee [666] is assessed as being neither affiliated with al-Qaida nor a Taliban leader. Moreover … the detainee has no further intelligence value to the United States and will not be seen for further intelligence purposes. [He] has not expressed thoughts of violence nor made threats toward the US or its allies during interrogations or in the course of his detention. Based on the above, detainee poses a low threat to the US, its interests, or its allies.” As a result, Maj. Gen. Miller recommended that he be “considered for release or transfer to the control of another government.”

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