Tuesday, July 3, 2012
News reports at the end of last week indicate that the United States and Afghanistan are in talks regarding the possible transfer of several Afghani nationals currently being detained at Guantanamo Bay back to Afghanistan. If the transfer occurs, they will likely be held in a detention facility at Bagram air base, which is under U.S. control until September, when the Afghans are scheduled to take control. The men are not supposed to be released, but once they leave U.S. control, the U.S. will have to rely on the Afghanistan government to ensure that they men do not become a threat to the U.S. in the future. News reports indicate that there are currently 17 Afghan nationals being held at Guantanamo Bay. The detainees to be transferred will likely not include the five top Taliban officials, who may be transferred to another country, such as Qatar, instead. The deal is being proposed as a goodwill gesture to help restart peace talks between the Afghani government and the Taliban in Afghanistan.