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Abdul Hafiz is a citizen of Afghanistan who was held for six and a half years in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1][2]

His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 1030. American intelligence analysts estimate he was born in 1961. Abdul Hafiz was repatriated to Afghanistan in December 2009.[3][4] By March 2010 Abdul Hafiz was reported to have resumed a senior role in the Taliban.[5][6]

Arrest and detainment

According to the Associated Press the allegations against Hafiz, in his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, said he worked for a Taliban militia.[7] They state that when he was captured he had in his possession a satellite phone that was "linked to a slaying".

The detainee claimed that he wasn't Abdul Hafiz at all, that his name was really Abdul Qawi.[7] He said he was given the satellite phone by the real Abdul Hafiz, and didn't even know how to use it.

According to the Associated Press he complained about not being able to view the evidence against him, and told his Tribunal: "In our culture, if someone is accused of something, they are shown the evidence."

Release and repatriation

Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald reported that Abdul Hafiz was one of twelve men transferred from Guantanamo on December 19, 2009.[3]

Hafiz's repatriation stirred controversy.[4]

In March 2010 Newsweek magazine reported that Liz Cheney described Hafiz "Obama's first recidivist".[5][8][9] National Review reported that Hafiz had been promoted to extort ransoms from charities and other non-governmental organizations that planned aid operations in Afghanistan.


  1. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. The Guantanamo Docket - Abdul Hafiz
  3. 3.0 3.1 Carol Rosenberg (2009-12-19). "Guantánamo detention census drops to 198". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thomas Joscelyn (2009-12-23). "Gitmo detainee implicated in Red Cross murder transferred to Afghanistan". Long War Journal. "Prior to his release, Hafiz conceded that he was injured during the first jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan. However, he claimed during his hearings at Gitmo that he had forsworn any involvement in fighting. But given the evidence amassed against him, that is hard to believe. Indeed, it seems that US officials at Gitmo discovered that Hafiz was thoroughly dedicated to the jihadist cause." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Gitmo Prisoner Freed by Obama Administration Reported to Have Rejoined Taliban". Newsweek. 2010-03-26. 
  6. Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio (2010-03-24). "Former Gitmo detainee targeting Afghan charities". Long War Journal. "Despite the fact that Hafiz was implicated in the murder of an ICRC worker, and alleged to have substantial ties to senior Taliban officials, he was transferred to Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Hafiz rejoined the Taliban." 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sketches of Guantanamo Detainees-Part I, WTOP, March 15, 2006
  8. Jim Bliss (2010-03-27). "Freed Guantanamo Inmate Likely With Taliban, U.S. Official Says". Business Week. "Abdul Hafiz, a terror suspect released from the Guantanamo Bay prison last December, likely has joined the Taliban in Afghanistan, a U.S. counterterrorism official said." 
  9. Andrew C. McCarthy (2010-03-24). "Former Gitmo Detainee, Released by Obama Though Suspected in Red Cross Murder, Rejoins Afghan Taliban . . . to Handle NGOs". National Review. "Released by the Obama administration in December 2009, Hafiz rejoined the Taliban and has now been promoted, as Newsweek puts it, 'to head a committee in charge of handling the insurgents’ hefty ransom demands for their kidnap victims and for dealing with nongovernment-aid organizations who are considering — or may already be running — projects in areas under Taliban influence.'" 

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