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Lejah, Helmand Province, and some major cities of Afghanistan.

On February 10th, 2003, a small Skirmish at Lejay, Afghanistan triggered a reaction Americans called "Operation Eagle Fury".

The initial reports of hostilities

Lejay is a small village in Northern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On the morning of February 10, 2003 elements of American forces were headed towards a fortified compound near Lejay to apprehend Abdul Raes Wahid. American forces report that, when they were near Lejay, they came under fire. No casualties were reported.

Air support was called in, and bombarded ridges the Americans ground forces reported the fire had come from.

American patrols rounded up all nearby military age males.

American roadblocks apprehended all travellers proceeding on the highway that passed through Lejay.

Captives apprehended following the skirmish

The Summary of Evidence memos prepared for Lejay residents administrative review report that the Americans gathered seventy Afghans in Abdul Wahid's fortified compound. Local American forces decided to transport eleven of the local men to headquarters, and set the rest of the men free. Eight of the men apprehended on February 10, 2003 were transferred to the American Guantanamo detention facility, in Cuba, and were still present in Guantanamo in late 2004 when captives had their first opportunity to learn why they were held. An eleventh man captured on February 11th also ended up in Guantanamo.

isn name page numbers notes
958 Mohammad Nasim
CSRT allegations 89
CSRT transcript 100-109
NLEC nlec
  • An elderly man, apprehended on February 11, 2003, together with even more elderly relatives -- who were not transferred to Guantanamo.
  • Determined had not been an enemy combatant after all.[1]
961 Abdul Wahab
CSRT allegations 75
CSRT transcript 42-48
ARB allegations 59-60
ARB transcripts 174-186
2nd ARB allegations 59
2nd ARB transcript 68-77
  • Allegedly captured at a checkpoint established following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[2]
  • Allegedly was suffering temporary hearing loss, allegedly incurred firing weapons.[3]
  • Allegedly captured with other men who had triggered the suspicions of the GIs on the scene.[4]
  • Wahab was regarded as a threat to the USA because his brother lost his leg to a Soviet land-mine eighteen years earlier, when they were children.[5]
  • Allegedly was "non-compliant" while in custody, and committed a "hostile act".
  • Claims he was sold for a bounty.
963 Abdul Bagi
CSRT allegations 72
CSRT transcript 1-12
ARB allegations 90-91
ARB transcripts 42-48
  • Allegedly captured following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[6]
  • Allegedly threw his weapon down a well and hid in a hole.[7]
  • Had called on the testimony of a neighbor, during his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, who Guantanamo counter-terror analysts were convinced was a rebel squad leader.[8]
  • Testified that the suspicious neighbor was a drug addict who couldn't feed his own children, and had to beg from his neighbors.
  • Claims he was sold for a bounty.
964 Rahmatullah
CSRT transcript 33-40
ARB allegations 92-93
ARB transcripts 49-57
2nd ARB allegations 1-3
  • Allegedly captured following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[9]
  • Allegedly was captured in a taxi that was proceeding down a highway, and happened upon the site where a skirmish had occured between bandit forces and US forces — also accuesd of being observed getting into a white car with the bandit forces, who then drove right onto the site of the attack, rather than driving away.[10]
965 Hafizullah
CSRT transcript 33-40
ARB allegations 94-95
ARB transcripts 58
  • Allegedly captured following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[11]
  • Allegedly captured with senior Taliban leaders Mullah Bari Dad Khan and Mullah Rahmatullah.[12]
966 Baridad
CSRT transcript 59-64
ARB allegations 96-97
ARB transcripts 58-66
  • Allegedly captured following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[13]
  • Allegedly, his hearing loss was due to firing weapons, not childhood illness as he claimed.[14]
  • Other captive's transcripts conflated the Lejay villager Baridad with a senior Taliban commander named Bari Dad Khan.[12]
  • Repatriated December 16 2006, released December 17 2006.[15][16][17]
967 Naserullah
CSRT allegations 114
CSRT transcript 70-79
ARB allegations 98-100
ARB transcripts 75-82
  • Allegedly carried messages for Taliban leaders.[18]
  • Allegedly captured following a skirmish with US forces outside the village of Lejay, on February 10 2003.[19]
  • Allegedly captured with senior Taliban leaders who engaged in high level military planning meetings.[14]
971 Kushky Yar
CSRT allegations 76
CSRT transcript 89-98
ARB allegations 4-5
ARB transcripts 95-112
  • Captured following an February 10 2003 incident where US Special Forces came under fire outsitde the village of Lejay, Helmand, Afghanistan.[20]
  • Captured with his nephew who was wearing an army surplus olive drab jacket.
972 Alif Mohammed
CSRT allegations 1
CSRT transcript 55-70
ARB allegations 6-8
ARB transcripts 113-122
  • Captured following an February 10 2003 incident where US Special Forces came under fire outsitde the village of Lejay, Helmand, Afghanistan.

References

  1. Detainees Found to No Longer Meet the Definition of "Enemy Combatant" during Combatant Status Review Tribunals Held at Guantanamo, United States Department of Defense, November 19, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-04-15.
  2. Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Abdul Wahab's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - October 15 2004 - page 75
  3. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Wahab's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 42-48
  4. Factors for and against the continued detention (.pdf) of Abdul Wahab Administrative Review Board, April 21 2005 - page 59
  5. Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Abdul Wahab's Administrative Review Board hearing - pages 174-186
  6. Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Abdul Bagi's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - page 72
  7. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Bagi's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 1-12
  8. Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Abdul Bagi's Administrative Review Board hearing - page 42-48
  9. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Rahmatullah's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 33-40
  10. Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Rahmatullah's Administrative Review Board hearing - pages 49-57
  11. Summarized transcripts (.pdf) from Hafizullah's Combatant Status Review Tribunal pages 1-9
  12. 12.0 12.1 Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Hafizullah's Administrative Review Board hearing - pages 58-66, August 10 2005
  13. Summarized transcripts (.pdf) from Baridad's Combatant Status Review Tribunal pages 59-64
  14. 14.0 14.1 Summarized transcript (.pdf), from Baridad's Administrative Review Board hearing - pages 67-74
  15. Abdul Waheed Wafa, Freed From Guantánamo Bay, 7 Afghans Arrive in Kabul, New York Times, December 17 2006
  16. Abdul Waheed Wafa, 7 Afghans free after 5 years at Guantánamo, International Herald Tribune, December 17 2006 mirror
  17. Seven home from Guantanamo, Taipei Times, December 17 2006 mirror
  18. Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Naserullah's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - November 16 2004 - page 114
  19. Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Naserullah's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 70-79
  20. Summary of Evidence memo (.pdf) prepared for Kushky Yar's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - November 10 2004 - page 76