Afghan President Welcomes Order To Shut Guantanamo

Afghanistan's president applauded President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp within a year, saying the move will help rally the world to the fight against terrorism.

"This decision by the United States is a major step toward bringing more international support to the struggle against terrorism, and enlisting all nations in this war," President Hamid Karzai said in a statement issued late Thursday.

Obama's order will close a detention facility that has become a symbol of U.S. injustice in much of the Muslim world. Scores of Afghan citizens have passed through Guantanamo — as of October, 192 Afghans had been released from the facility, according to figures from a Freedom of Information Act request by U.S. human rights group One World Research.

Some of the 245 detainees currently held at Guantanamo would be released under the order, while others would be transferred elsewhere and later put on trial under terms to be determined.

Afghanistan's Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Aleko told The Associated Press that the country was asked to take non-Afghan detainees from Guantanamo and refused.

Karzai's office also said he received a phone call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday in which they discussed the "joint struggle against terrorism and relations between the two countries."

The Afghan president thanked Clinton for the call so soon after taking her new position and "emphasized that Afghanistan is a friend of the United States," the statement said.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 26, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    1.Blago is most likely guilty. There isn't much about a taped conversation that can be refuted. 2. He was probably intended to be a sacrificial lamb for the democrats,(to what end, I don't know) but now realize that sacrificing him could have some unintended HUGE consequences that could bring down some very big people. (goes to why he is still there). Many politicians have left office for much much less. He has been impeached, yet he still lives in the Governor's mansion and goes to work everyday as if nothing has happened. What is wrong with this picture? He appointed a senator to replace Obama when he should have been powerless to do so. (business as usual) So why is he still there? In my humble opinion, it is because they can't get him out without risking Obama, because he is somehow tied in with all of this. The fire is burning too close to the White House at this point. Just my theory. The question is: How long will this circus continue and what will the outcome be?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 24, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Tad; Exactly. It also makes one wonder where President Harmid Karzai's allegiance actually lies.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 23, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    What this biased as always AP article didn't mention is the fact that many of the detainees already released from the Guantanamo Bay facility because of pressure from the apoligists on the left went straight back to the battlefield to kill American soldiers. obuma is a moron and any American blood spilled by these poor downtrodden souls in the future is on obuma's hands.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 23, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    And now all that remains to be seen is how many of those poor, repressed, mistreated, ill fed, poorly taken care, tortured folks he will welcome back into his country with open arms.

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