5,959. 6/21/2004

“In interviews, the officials said at least five prisoners released from Guantánamo since early 2003 had rejoined the Taliban and resumed attacks on American and Afghan government forces. Although two American officials said only one of the former detainees had turned out to be an important figure, Afghan officials said all five men were in fact commanders with close contacts to the Taliban leadership. ‘They are fighting again and killing people,’ said Khan Muhammad, the senior military commander in southern Afghanistan.”

 – Tim Golden and Don Van Natta Jr., “U.S. Said to Overstate Value of Guantánamo Detainees,” The New York Times, June 21, 2004

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