Zia Rahman

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Zia Rahman
Other names "Hamid"
Citizenship Afghanistan

Zia Rahman is a citizen of Afghanistan held in extrajudicial detention in the United States' Bagram Theater Internment Facility.[1] He was reported to have been captured in a Taliban safe house in Jalalabad, based on a tip he was involved in a plot to assassinate the Provincial Governor. He was described as a "suicide IED facilitator", who had the chemical residue of explosives on his hands. Rahman was alleged to have prepared bombs and mines used in several previous attacks, including one in November 2008 that killed a US soldier.

On January 15, 2010, the Department of Defense complied with a court order and published a list of Captives held in the Bagram Theater Internment Facility that included the name Zia Rahman.[2][3][4] There were 645 names on the list, which was dated September 22, 2009, and was heavily redacted.


  1. "Afghan Commandos prevent assassination of Nangarhar Provincial Governor". Combined Task Force 82. 2008-12-09. http://www.cjtf82.com/press-releases-mainmenu-326/1471-afghan-commandos-prevent-assassination-of-nangarhar-provincial-governor.html. Retrieved 2010-02-20. "Afghan National Army Commandos, assisted by Coalition forces detained suicide bomb facilitator Zia Rahman in Jalalabad City, Nangarhar Province, located approximately 230 kilometers east of Kabul. After receiving credible information from local officials on an impending assassination plot against governor Sherzai, the Nangarhar Provincial Governor, ANA Commandos conducted a raid on a Taliban safe house in Jalalabad City." 
  2. "Bagram detainees". Department of Defense. 2009-09-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aclu.org%2Ffiles%2Fassets%2Fbagramdetainees.pdf&date=2010-01-17. 
  3. Andy Worthington (2010-01-19). "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List". truthout. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.truthout.org%2Fdark-revelations-bagram-prisoner-list56189&date=2010-01-25. 
  4. Andy Worthington (2010-01-26). "Bagram: The First Ever Prisoner List (The Annotated Version)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.andyworthington.co.uk%2Fbagram-the-first-ever-prisoner-list-the-annotated-version%2F&date=2010-01-27.