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Abdul Haq Wasiq


Dec 15, 2021

Abdul Haq Wasiq (Pashto: عبد الحق واثق[ˈabdʊl haq wɑˈsɪq]; born c.1971) is the current Director of Intelligence of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan since September 7, 2021.[1] He was previously the Deputy Minister of Intelligence in the former Taliban government (1996–2001).[2] He was held in extrajudicial detention in the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba, from 2002 to 2014.[3] His Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 4. American intelligence analysts estimate that he was born in 1971 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Afghan Director of Intelligence since 2021
Abdul Haq Wasiq
عبد الحق واثق

Abdul Haq Wasiq’s Guantanamo identity portrait – the white uniform shows he was considered “compliant”.
Director of Intelligence
Assumed office
September 7, 2021
Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada
Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund
Deputy Minister of Intelligence
In office
c. 1996  November 2001
Prime Minister Mohammed Rabbani
Abdul Kabir
Leader Mohammed Omar
Personal details
Born 1971
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan
Political party Taliban
Military service
Allegiance Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan)
Years of service 1996–2001
Battles/wars Afghan civil war
War in Afghanistan

Abdul Haq Wasiq arrived at the Guantanamo detention camps on January 11, 2002, and he was held there until May 31, 2014.[4][5] He was released, along with the other four members of the so-called Taliban FiveMohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, and Mohammad Nabi Omari—in exchange for the release of United States Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network.[6][7]

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Former Taliban Ambassador to PakistanAbdul Salam Zaeef described being flown to the United States Navy‘s amphibious warfare vessel, the USS Bataan, for special interrogation.[8] Zaeef wrote that the cells were located six decks down and were only 1 meter by 2 meters. He wrote that the captives weren’t allowed to speak with one another, but that he “eventually saw that Mullahs Fazal, Noori, Burhan, Wasseeq Sahib and Rohani were all among the other prisoners.” Historian Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, identified Wasiq as one of the men Zaeef recognized. He identified Mullah Rohani as Gholam Ruhani, Mullah Noori as Norullah Noori and Mullah Fazal as Mohammed Fazil.

Wasiq was among the 60% of prisoners who participated in the tribunal hearings.[9] A Summary of Evidence memo was prepared for the tribunal of each detainee.

Wasiq’s memo accused him of the following:[10]

a The detainee is associated with al Qaida and the Taliban.

  1. The detainee in a letter to his brother, included greetings to an al Qaida member.
  2. The detainee was the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence.
  3. The detainee used a radio to communicate with the Taliban Chief of Intelligence.
b The detainee participated in military operations against the coalition.

  1. The detainee was involved in the operation to re-establish the front lines of Konduz, Afghanistan.
Hearing room where Guantanamo captive’s annual Administrative Review Board hearings convened for captives whose Combatant Status Review Tribunal had already determined they were an “enemy combatant”[11]

Detainees who were determined to have been properly classified as “enemy combatants” were scheduled to have their dossier reviewed at annual Administrative Review Board hearings. The Administrative Review Boards weren’t authorized to review whether a detainee qualified for POW status and they weren’t authorized to review whether a detainee should have been classified as an “enemy combatant”.

The members of the Administrative Review Board were authorized to consider whether a detainee should continue to be detained by the United States because the detainee continued to pose a threat, whether the detainee could safely be repatriated to his home country, or whether the detainee should be released.

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