4 More Guantánamo Bay Prisoners Released

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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A roll of protective wire rings a detainee camp inside the U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" on October 27, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although U.S. President Barack Obama pledged in his first executive order last January to close the infamous prison within a year's time, the government has been struggling to try the accused terrorists and to transfer them out ahead of the deadline. Military officials at the prison point to improved living standards and state of the art medical treatment available to detainees, but the facility's international reputation remains tied to the "enhanced interrogation techniques" such as waterboarding employed under the Bush administration.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Photo: John Moore/2009 Getty Images

Two weeks after the United States released six Guantánamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, the Department of Defense announced that another four had been sent back to their native Afghanistan.

All of the men — identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir — were arrested on suspicion of being affiliated with the Taliban, but a U.S. official told Reuters that “Most if not all of these accusations have been discarded and each of these individuals at worst could be described as low-level, if even that.” Despite that, they each spent more than a decade in the prison.

With the departure of Khan, Gul, Ghani, and Zahir, Guantánamo is down to 132 prisoners of “various nationalities.”