Most Guantanamo detainees are low level fighters: Report
Majority of the detainees at the Guantanamo Bay are low level fighters, while only 10 per cent can be said to be leaders, operatives and facilitators involved in plots against the US.
Washington: Majority of the detainees at
the Guantanamo Bay are low level fighters, while only 10 per
cent can be said to be leaders, operatives and facilitators
involved in plots against the US, a media report said Saturday.
"The final report by the Guantanamo Review Task Force
recommends that 126 of the detainees be transferred either to
their homes or to a third country; 36 be prosecuted in either
federal court or a military commission; and 48 be held
indefinitely under the laws of war," The Washington Post said,
referring to a previous undisclosed government report.
It said a group of 30 Yemenis was approved for release
if security conditions in their home country improved.
According to the daily, the task force determined that
there "were more than a thousand pieces of potentially
relevant physical evidence (including electronic media) seized
during raids in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001
attacks that had not yet been systematically catalogued."
Apart from the 10 per cent implicated in plots against
the United States, a group of about 20 per cent of detainees
had significant roles with al-Qaeda or associated groups.
Fewer than 10 per cent were Taliban leaders or members
of groups opposed to the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, the
The report of the task force prepared early this year
was sent to the Congress this week.
Of the of 779 detainees held at Guantanamo since it
opened in January 2002, about 70 per cent, or 530, were
released by the Bush administration. It had cleared 59 more
for release by the time Obama took office.
Since January 2009, the Obama administration has
resettled 33 detainees in third countries, repatriated 24 and
sent two to Italy for prosecution.
Of the remaining detainees cleared for release, 28 are
Yemeni, 17 are candidates for repatriation and 22, including
five Uighurs from China, have been approved for resettlement
in third countries, the daily said.