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Guantanamo Guards Embrace Islam

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    Guantanamo Guards Embraced Islam: Algerian MP http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-09/25/article09.shtml U.S. Army photo shows a librarian delivering
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2003
      Guantanamo Guards Embraced Islam: Algerian MP

      http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2003-09/25/article09.shtml


      U.S. Army photo shows a librarian delivering books to a detention
      block at Guantanamo

      By Abdul Raheem Ali, IOL Staff

      CAIRO, September 25 (IslamOnline.net) - A prominent Algerian lawmaker
      said a number of Americans guarding the 660 alleged Al-Qaeda and
      Taliban detainees being held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay,
      Cuba, have embraced Islam.

      Hassan Aribi, who also chairs his country's committee on the
      Guantanamo issue, mediated with Pentagon officials the release of 18
      detainees from the heavily-guarded detention camp.

      He said the negotiations, made in Washington before the beginning of
      the Iraq war, resulted in the release of eight Algerians and ten
      other detainees, from several nationalities.

      "They told me that the American guards were very sympathetic with
      them to the extent of buying the detainees' needs of their pocket
      money," the Algerian lawmaker told a seminar in Cairo.

      He asserted that the freed detainees confirmed to him that some of
      their American guards have converted to Islam as a result of daily
      interaction with Muslim prisoners for the past two years.

      The Algerian legislator fell short of saying how many of the American
      guards had accepted Islam.

      Aribi appealed to Arab governments to immediately act for the release
      of their citizens, held without charges in Guantanamo.

      He asserted that any endeavor by Arab governments in this respect
      would yield positive fruits, lamenting the absence of any such
      official effort.

      He pledged that his committee would pursue efforts for the release of
      other detainees, no matter what it takes.

      The Algerian lawmaker asserted that 90 percent of those held in
      Guantanamo had no relation whatsoever with Al-Qeada or Taliban.

      "They were working with humanitarian relief agencies and were only
      arrested as part of an American campaign against possible suspects,"
      Aribi said.

      On December 22, the Los Angeles Times reported that Washington was
      holding dozens of prisoners at Guantanamo with no meaningful
      connection to Al-Qaeda or the Taliban.

      They were sent to the maximum-security facility over the objections
      of intelligence officers in Afghanistan who had recommended their
      release, it quoted military sources with direct knowledge of the
      matter as saying.

      At least 59 detainees, nearly 10% of the prison population at the
      U.S. Navy base were deemed to be of no intelligence value after
      repeated interrogations in Afghanistan, it said.

      On August 18, the same paper reported that no leader of Al-Qaeda has
      been found among the detainees in Guantanamo.

      Please feel free to contact News editor at: Englishnews@islam-
      online.net



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