Afghan prisoner released from Guantanamo after 14 years

The US government has announced that an Afghan man who once faced war crimes charges has been cleared for release from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A statement announcing the decision to release the man, known by the single name of Obaidullah, was posted on a Pentagon website on Friday.

The Periodic Review Board, which conducts parole-style hearings for Guantanamo prisoners, determined it was no longer necessary to detain him.

The board found that “the risks that the detainee presents can be adequately mitigated,” according to the three-paragraph statement.

Obaidullah was captured by US forces during a raid in Afghanistan in July 2002 when he was about 19-years-old.

About 20 un-activated land mines were found near his home. US authorities said he was part of an al-Qaeda-linked cell, an allegation his lawyers have denied.

He was charged in US military tribunals in September 2008 with conspiracy and providing material support for…

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