A Frenchman, Kuwatii and 10 Pakinstani terrorists were moved from a secret prison in Afghanistan, and sent home to their own countries.
The move, which was not announced to the public, is just a latest in a series of prisoner releases by the Obama administration facing heavy criticism of the Trade for Terrorist 5 in the Bergdahl swap.
The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States’ controversial post-9/11 detainee system.
President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress released on Thursday, informed U.S. lawmakers that about 38 non-Afghan prisoners remained at the Parwan detention center outside of Kabul, down from around 50 a few months ago.
But in the move, the administration has gotten Pakistani ‘assurances’ of keeping the released prisoners under lock and key.
Pakistani officials have said that returned detainees would be kept under surveillance to make sure they had no militant links. Prisoner advocates say at least some returned detainees were held in secret prisons in Pakistan before being set free.
Plans for the remaining prisoners in this secret prison are not publicly shared, however there appears to be a bit of leaked information:
The remaining detainees include Yemeni, Tunisian and more Pakistani nationals, and a Russian who the United States is also considering trying in a military or civilian court.
We do not have the names of the released prisoners, so publicly tracking how many, and how quickly they may rejoin their former groups will at this point be impossible to tell.
The move seemingly contradicts administration sentiment just 5 months ago:
In February, U.S. officials were outraged when the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai released 65 of those prisoners, who Washington insisted were dangerous militants requiring at least further investigation.