Only three of 116 Guantanamo prisoners were captured by US

Documents prove only three prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are brought in by US forces

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Updated Aug 28, 2015

Only three out of the 116 men detained in Guantanamo Bay maximum security prison were captured by US forces, the Guardian reports after researching military documents on the issue.

Conversely, 68 were caught by Pakistani forces and another 30 by Afghanistan.

Never a big fan of the prison, US President Obama has vowed several times to close the Guantanamo Bay prison during his presidential campaign and throughout his term in office.

However, starting in 2009, Congress has used its power over spending to block efforts to close the prison.

The three prisoners detained by US are Afghans Abdul Zahir and Obaidullah and Pakistani Saifullah Paracha.

Despite the doubts on the level of danger of the prisoners, the Guardian reports that at least 17 arrests that came from Pakistan are included in military documents from the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence that allegedly have helped Osama bin Laden in different ways.

In 2010, a transfer of 52 prisoners were approved even though the detainees are believed to be, “low-level fighters in minor operational roles,” by Guantanamo.

Some prisoners from the Afghan arrests had been answering to Abdul Rashid Dostum who was reproached for the death of hundreds of prisoners by suffocation after being forced into shipping containers.

“There is great reason to disbelieve claims that detainees at Guantánamo are the ‘worst of the worst,’ including the fact that many were sold to the US for a bounty, not based on any real quality intelligence the US had gathered,” said Laura Pitter of the Human Rights Watch.

The Guardian reports that Guantanamo officials are not 100 percent aware of the detainees’ history or can not identify them entirely.

“Of the 300 [initial detainees], they were sure they had the correct identification, name and biometric data of about 30 percent of them,” retired Army Colonel Stuart Herrington said after he travelled to Guantanamo in 2002, told the Guardian.

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