Qatar to expand restrictions on released-Taliban detainees

Qatar agrees to widen restrictions on Taliban detainees who were released from the Guantanamo Bay US Detention Camp

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An senior official of the United States State Department said on Sunday Qatar agreed to enlarge montoring and travel restrictions on five Taliban detainees who were released from the Guantanamo Bay US detention camp.

“Qatar has agreed to maintain the current restrictive conditions on these individuals as we continue these discussions," the official said.

"All five remain in Qatar, where they remain subject to extensive monitoring as well as travel restrictions.’’

Qatar received the five detainees as a part of exchange deal to release a US Sergant Bowe Bergdahl who was captured by militants in Afghanistan.

Guantanamo Bay is located in Cuba, but is under the control of the US It holds a US military detention facility, which the US President Barack Obama has failed to close, despite his campaign promise.

There are currently 122 remaining detainees in Guantanamo, down from 242 when Obama took office. Of these 122, 57 are cleared for transfer but are still awaiting further notice.

Most of the cleared men are from Yemen, currently a country in chaos which they cannot return to. The US is off-limits too, as outlined in a law passed by Congress that prevents any Guantanamo detainee to set foot on US soil.

The measures included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) draft would preserve the current status of Guantanamo Bay.

The detention center, which was originally leased from Cuba as a naval refueling base, cannot give up its location either, since the lease which Cuba wants to cancel may not be cancelled without the agreement of both parties involved and the NDAA draft bans the US from doing so.

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