Deleted:Shai Jahn Ghafoor

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:There are multiple individuals named Abdul Ghaffar.

Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar (died September 26, 2004) was an Afghan who was held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba.[1] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 363.

Shai Jahn Ghafoor was a citizen of Afghanistan. He was transferred to Afghanistan on March 23, 2003. He died September 25, 2004.

Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar has been cited as an example of a Guantanamo detainee who tricked their way out of imprisonment, so they could "return to the battlefield." Vice President Dick Cheney cited Ghaffar as a justification for continuing to detain suspects at Guantanamo.[2]

Ghaffar was captured about two months after the US Invasion of Afghanistan, and according to various accounts, he was only held by the Americans for eight months.[1][3]

After his release Ghaffar served as a leader within the Taliban.[citation needed]

Ghaffar was killed in battle on September 26, 2004, in Uruzgan province.[4] Ghaffar was believed to have been the Taliban commander for Uruzgan.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gitmo Detainees Return To Terror, CBS News, October 17, 2004
  2. Cheney defends Guantanamo as essential to war: VP says that if freed, prisoners would return to battlefield, San Francisco Chronicle, June 14, 2005
  3. Released Detainees Join Fight, LA Times, October 22, 2004
  4. John J. Lumpkin (2004-10-18). "7 ex-detainees return to fighting: Guantanamo release process called imperfect". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. "One of the two former prisoners killed is Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar, a senior Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan who was arrested about two months after a US-led coalition drove the militia from power in late 2001. He was held at Guantanamo for eight months, then released, and was killed Sept. 26 by Afghan security forces during a raid in Uruzgan Province. Afghan leaders said they thought he was leading Taliban forces in the southern province." 

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