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Release the Last ‘Low-Value’ Afghanistan POW Held at Gitmo

International law required the U.S. to release Asadullah Haroon Gul five years ago. Now there is truly no reason to hold him.

In President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. troops will at last leave Afghanistan, there was no mention of the 40 prisoners of war still held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 

Many of them have been held for the majority of their adult lives, through the decimation of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the release of all detainees affiliated with the Taliban, and the years-long peace accords struck by certain associated forces — not to mention the repeated U.S. promises to close the Guantanamo prison. A few have been charged with crimes, but somehow have yet to face trial. Others are ordinary prisoners of war, who long ago ceased to pose any threat to the United States.

Among these men is our client, Asadullah Haroon Gul…

Read the full op-ed by Reprieve attorney Mark Maher and co-counsel Tara Plochocki at Defense One