Man Who Now Runs Taliban Once A Gitmo Detainee

March 11, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – According to officials the man who is now leading the southern Afghanistan operations of the Taliban was once detained at Guantanamo Bay.

Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, who is now calling himself Mullah Abdullah Zakir (catchy name), was a detainee in the prison until December 2007, when he was released along without another 12 prisoners to the Afghan government.

His stated mission is to thwart attempts by the US government to operate under a troop surge, which will see a large number of American soldiers being pulled from Iraq to begin more tours in the war-torn country. He has also been responsible for the recent increase in attacks against British soldiers in the area, which have left many casualties behind.

The release, and the lack of intelligence on him during his stay at Guantanamo Bay underlies the issue of using torture as a form of interrogation. Despite intense interrogation, Rasoul always insisted he had had no part in operations with the Taleban, and that he had never been an officer.

But recently exposed information belies that statement.

“In the time of the Taleban government he was the commander of Taleban forces in Takhar province. He was one of Mullah Omar’s deputies,” an official for the extremist group said.


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