Tribal leader among 11 Afghans freed by U.S.
Eleven Afghan prisoners were sent home from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this week, including an influential tribal leader whose arrest led to protests from the Afghan government and who could help deliver votes for President Hamid Karzai in the upcoming election. Naeem Kuchi, a chief of Afghanistan’s Kuchi nomads and a former Taliban official, was arrested in January 2003 and shipped to Cuba two months later, suspected of terrorist links. Although Karzai initially pressed publicly for his release, little was heard about Kuchi until his freedom was announced on Wednesday. About 100 Afghans have been sent home from Guantanamo Bay in the last two years, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. But in the past, returning prisoners were held in an Afghan jail and released haphazardly, often with little help from the government. Full Story