Kandahar detention facility

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The United States is known to have run a detention and interrogation facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan.[1]

A number of the captives were later transported to controversial extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.[1]

Captives reported to have been in held in American custody in Kandahar

Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy
  • Testified he was held in Kabul, Kandahar and Bagram before he was transferred to Guantanamo.[2]
Abdul Hai Mutmaen
Fazal Mohammad
  • An alleged former Taliban commander, asserted that the authorities in Kandahar fed the captives starvation rations; did not treat their wounds; subjected them to beatings, sexual humiliation, and attacks by vicious dogs.[3]
Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa
  • Khirullah Khairkhwa was the Taliban's Governor of Herat Province in 2000 and early 2001.
  • Fazal Mohammad reported he had seen Khirullah Khairkhwa being abused when they were both held in Kandahar in 2002.[3]
  • Khirullah Khairkhwa was transferred to Guantanamo.[4]
Murat Kurnaz
  • A German resident, has testified before the German parliament that his American captors allowed German special forces to beat and threaten him in Kandahar.[5][6][7][1]
  • Eventually transferred to Guantanamo.
Sayed Nabi Siddiqui
  • Afghan police officer who claims he was abused during 40 days he spent in US custody in 2004.[8][9]
  • Sayed Nabi Siddiqui reports being held in Gardez, Kandahar, Bagram [8]
Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil
  • Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil was the last Taliban Foreign Minister.[10]
  • Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil sent the USA prior warning of the upcoming attacks on September 11, 2001.[10]
  • Defected from the Taliban in October 2001, prior to his capture.[11]
  • Fazal Mohammad reported he had seen Muttawakil being abused when they were both held in Kandahar in 2002.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 John Goetz, Holger Stark (September 3 2007). "German Soldiers under fire: New Testimony May Back Kurnaz Torture Claims". Der Spiegel. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,503589,00.html. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  2. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 34-42
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Taliban prisoner claims sex abuse in Afghan jail". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Sunday, July 28, 2002. http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200207/s633602.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15 2006
  5. "Did German soldiers abuse ex-prisoner?". United Press International. January 8 2007. http://www.upi.com/InternationalIntelligence/view.php?StoryID=20070108-081926-6571r. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  6. "German Soldiers Accused of Abusing Terror Suspect". Deutsche Welle. January 8 2007. http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2303567,00.html. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  7. "Germany probes 2 in ex-Guantanamo inmate abuse case". Reuters. January 8 2007. http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2007-01-08T115224Z_01_L08848461_RTRUKOC_0_US-GERMANY-SECURITY-KURNAZ.xml&WTmodLoc=IntNewsHome_C2_worldNews-4. Retrieved January 8. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Carlotta Gall (May 12, 2004). "An Afghan Gives His Own Account of U.S. Abuse". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/12/international/asia/12AFGH.html?ei=5007&en=a88932b0d553dbe1&ex=1399694400&adxnnl=0&partner=USERLAND&adxnnlx=1154923844-sBHAObMGTWhx1GOzjB09UA&pagewanted=all&position=. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  9. "US military hit by fresh prisoner abuse allegations". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. May 15 2004. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2004/05/15/1109087.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kate Clark (Saturday, September 7, 2002). "Taleban 'warned US of huge attack'". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2242594.stm. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 
  11. "Taleban minister's 'peace role' mystery". BBC. Wednesday, October 17, 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1604691.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-01.