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Biden Returns The First Guantanamo Detainee To His Homeland

For the first time, the Biden administration released a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, sending a Moroccan man back to his homeland years after he was approved for release.
Abdullatif Nasser, a Moroccan detainee in his mid-50s, was cleared for repatriation by a review board in July 2016, but remained at Guantanamo throughout Trump’s presidency.
Nasser’s arrest was no longer essential to safeguard the United States, according to the Periodic Review Board process.
national security, according to a statement released by the Pentagon on Monday.
Nasser’s repatriation was recommended by the board, but it couldn’t be completed before the Obama administration expired, it added.
Nasser’s transfer could indicate that President Joe Biden is attempting to lower the Guantánamo population, which now stands at 39.
Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama
The prisoner transfer procedure was backed by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, but it stalled under President Donald Trump, who stated even before taking office that no more prisoners should be released from “Gitmo,” as Guantánamo Bay is known.
He added at the time, “They are incredibly dangerous people who should not be allowed back onto the battlefield.”
The prospect that former Guantanamo detainees will revert to aggressive behavior has long been a source of concern in the debate over their release.
According to a 2016 assessment from the Director of National Intelligence’s office, around 17% of the 728 detainees released were “confirmed” and 12% were “suspected” of re-engaging in similar activities.
But, the vast majority of those re-engagements were with former inmates who had not gone through Obama’s security screening.
A task committee comprised of agencies such as the Defense Department and the CIA reviewed who was detained at Guantanamo and determined who may be freed and who should be kept in custody.
praised Morocco for making Nasser’s return to Egypt possible.
The military statement read, “The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for its long-standing partnership in defending both countries’ national security objectives.”
“The US is likewise grateful for the Kingdom’s willingness to support ongoing US efforts.”
Nasser first learned he was likely to be released in the summer of 2016, when one of his lawyers called him at the detention center and told him the US had decided to dismantle the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.”
concluded he was no longer a threat and could return home
“I’ve been here 14 years,” he stated at the time, thinking he’d be back in Morocco shortly.
“A few months longer is nothing,” Nasser said of his voyage to the Cuban prison.
According to his Pentagon dossier, he was a member of a pacifist but illegal Moroccan Sufi Islam group in the 1980s.
He was recruited to fight in Chechnya in 1996, but instead wound up in Afghanistan, where he trained at an al-Qaida camp.
He was apprehended during a battle with US forces.
In May 2002, U.S. forces were ordered to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He studied algebra, computer science, and English at Guantanamo, according to a military official appointed to represent him before the review board. He also created a 2,000-word Arabic-English dictionary, according to the official.
Nasser “truly regrets his past conduct,” the official told the board, and voiced confidence in his ability to reintegrate into society.

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