Guantanamo

  • Guantanamo 'a living grave' for dozens cleared to leave September 10, 2014

    Washington: After more than a decade held without charge, dozens of Guantanamo detainees ought to have sight of freedom, but hardwon deals for their release are languishing awaiting a final Pentagon signature. Some 79 of the 149 prisoners still incarcerated at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, southern Cuba, have...
  • Obama makes 'no apologies' for Taliban hostage deal June 6, 2014

    Brussels: President Barack Obama vehemently refused to apologise on Thursday for doing a prisoner trade with the Taliban to free a US soldier, despite a fierce political storm over the deal in Washington. Critics, both Republican and Democratic, have asked whether the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for...
  • US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan May 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON: The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said on Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban...
  • Al Qaeda leader vows to free inmates from US military base in Guantanamo July 31, 2013

    Al Qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri slammed US treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday. Zawahri also said Shi'ite Hezbollah's intervention in the conflict in Syria was an attempt...
  • US: Woman arrested after jumping over White House fence June 27, 2013

    Washington: The US Secret Service says a woman is under arrest and in police custody on Wednesday after jumping over the White House fence during a protest. A Secret Service spokesman identified the woman, who wore an orange jumpsuit, as Diane Wilson. She was charged with unlawful entry and handed...
  • Obama must follow Guantanamo promise with action: Yemen June 3, 2013

    Jeddah: Yemen gave a qualified welcome on Sunday to President Barack Obama's promise to lift a ban on repatriating Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, saying he now had to back up his words with actions. Foreign Minister Abubakr alQirbi said his government was building a "rehabilitation center" to house Yemenis who...
  • Obama announces steps to push for Guantanamo's closure May 24, 2013

    United States President Barack Obama announced steps to push for the close of Guantanamo detention center. Obama had repeatedly vowed to close the camp during his 2008 presidential campaign. ...
  • Barack Obama limits use of US drone strikes May 24, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama outlined plans on Thursday to limit the use of US drone strikes against extremists abroad and took steps aimed at breaking a deadlock on closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison. In a major foreign policy speech after two weeks of fending off domestic scandals, Obama limited the...
  • Guantanamo prison is expensive, inefficient: Obama May 1, 2013

    Washington: Asserting his commitment to close the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that the prison is a noman's land that is not only "expensive" and "inefficient" but also hurts America in terms of its international standing. "I continue to believe that we've got to...
  • Head of Libyan Islamic extremist militia shot April 15, 2013

    Tripoli: A security official says the leader of an Islamic extremist militia in Libya suspected of involvement in an attack in Benghazi that killed the US ambassador has been shot. Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, was shot on Sunday in the area of alThruwn in the eastern...
  • UN rights chief calls for closure of Guantanamo prison April 6, 2013

    Geneva: The UN human rights chief called on the United States on Friday to close down the Guantanamo prison camp, saying the indefinite imprisonment of many detainees without charge or trial violated international law. Navi Pillay said the hunger strike being staged by some inmates at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval...
  • 9/11 defendants ignore judge at Guantanamo hearing May 6, 2012

    Cuba: The second attempt to prosecute the selfproclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and four men accused of helping orchestrate the plot got off to a rough start, with the defendants disrupting their arraignment and forcing the proceedings to drag on late into the night. The court hearing for Khalid...
  • Anger, sighs as 9/11 families watch terror hearing May 6, 2012

    New York: Lee Hanson became deeply angry as the selfproclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks and codefendants tried to undermine their arraignment on 3,000 counts of murder at a military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Hanson's son, daughterinlaw and 2yearold granddaughter, the youngest 9/11 victim, were killed in the terror...
  • Afghan officials visit Guantanamo in peace bid March 10, 2012

    Washington: An Afghan government delegation visited the Guantanamo Bay military prison this week to secure approval from five Taliban detainees who may soon be moved to Qatar, a sign that the Obama administration is inching closer to establishing peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan. The delegation, which visited the...
  • Russia assails US over Guantanamo prison January 16, 2012

    Moscow: Russia's Foreign Ministry has accused the US of breaking international law by keeping terror suspects in indefinite custody without trial at the Guantanamo Bay prison. In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the ministry said the prison at the US Navy base in eastern Cuba represents a "flagrant...
  • US mulls transfer of Taliban prisoner in peace bid December 30, 2011

    Washington: The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a longshot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned. The potential handover of Mohammed Fazl, a 'highrisk detainee' held at the...
  • 9/11 mastermind to be tried at Guantanamo June 1, 2011

    Washington: The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be tried in a military commission at the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center along with four suspected coconspirators, the Pentagon said. "The prosecutors have recommended that the charges against all five of the accused be referred as capital. Capital...
  • Wikileaks provide new insight on Osama and AlQaeda April 26, 2011

    9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed reportedly told interrogators Al Qaeda has hidden a Ndevice in Europe. ...
  • Kal Penn robbed at gunpoint April 21, 2010

    Indian American actor Kal Penn, who recently resigned as an associatedirector in the White House Office of Public Engagement to return to his acting career, was robbed at gunpoint in the capital. Penn, best known for his roles in the Harold & Kumar films and TV's House, reported that the first...
  • Guantanamo prison to shut down, detainees to be shifted December 16, 2009

    Washington: The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it will move some Guantanamo Bay detainees to an Illinois prison and hold US military commission trials there in plans immediately criticised as risky by Republicans. President Barack Obama's top national security aides said in a letter that the US government will proceed...
  • Pakborn Brit MP starts campaign to book Musharraf September 8, 2009

    London: A Pakistanborn member of the House of Lords has launched a campaign to begin legal prosecution against General Musharraf for human rights crimes. ...
  • Obama criticises Bush's Guantanamo release decisions March 22, 2009

    Washington: President Barack Obama says the US hasn't done a good job sorting out who should be released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Obama says in a broadcast interview that some of the people released from the facility in Cuba have rejoined terrorist groups. He also adds that US officials...
  • Judge rebuffs Obama, refuses to suspend Gitmo hearing January 30, 2009

    Washington: A military judge in Gutananamo Bay on Thursday denied a request by the Obama administration to suspend the proceedings against a Yemeni suspected of plotting the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole. The Washington Post reported online that the Army judge, Colonel James Pohl, found the reasoning...
  • Obama signs order to close Guantanamo within a yr January 23, 2009

    Washington: President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. Here is a look at where the US is now planning on on putting the prisoners and how trying them is a different matter. ...
  • Detainees happy over the Guantanamo detention closure January 23, 2009

    New Delhi: In among his first acts as US president, Barack Obama has ordered the closure of the infamous Guantanamo bay detention centre. He signed an executive order to shut it down within a year. Obama is expected to meet his top military commanders on Friday to discuss, among others,...
  • Obama orders Guantanamo prison be shut down January 22, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the closure of the controversial Guantanamo Bay military detention centre in Cuba within a year, fulfilling one of his key poll promises. He also signed an order to shut down all secret Central Intelligence Agency detention centers around the world. Human rights organisations have...
  • Is Obama right in closing Guantanamo Bay? January 22, 2009

    Immediate reaction: What president Obama has done is a good first step towards restoring of how the law should be carried out. If the stay is issued someone has to decide what to do with the detainees. Sixty of the 245 detainees are already cleared for release. But no country...
  • US President Obama orders halt to Guantanamo trials January 21, 2009

    Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base (Cuba): Hours after taking office on Tuesday, US President Barack Obama ordered military prosecutors in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals to ask for a 120day halt in all pending cases. Military judges were expected to rule on the request on Wednesday at the US naval base...
  • We're proud of 9/11, suspects tell war court January 20, 2009

    Cuba: Two alleged orchestrators of the 2001 attacks on America casually declared their guilt on Monday in a messy and perhaps final session of the Guantanamo war crimes court. This week's military hearings could be the last at Guantanamo. Presidentelect Barack Obama has said he would close the offshore prison...
  • Official says Guantanamo detainee tortured by US army January 15, 2009

    Washington: The official overseeing tribunals for Guantanamo Bay inmates has said the US military tortured a Saudi man accused of planning to take part in the September 11, 2001, attacks, prompting calls for his release. "We tortured Mohammed al Qahtani," Susan Crawford said in an interview with the Washington...