Associated Press reports:
U.S. Jails Man Once Tortured by Taliban
By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
October 20, 2006
Abdul Rahim insists he’s an apolitical student who fled a strict father.
But he’s fallen into a black hole in the war on terror in which first the Taliban and then the United States imprisoned him as an enemy of the state.
Arrested by the Taliban in Afghanistan in January 2000, Rahim says al-Qaida leaders burned him with cigarettes, smashed his right hand, deprived him of sleep, nearly drowned him and hanged him from the ceiling until he ‘confessed’ to spying for the United States.
U.S. forces took the young Kurd from Syria into custody in January 2002 after the Taliban fled his prison.
Accusing him of being an al-Qaida terrorist, U.S. interrogators deprived him of sleep, threatened him with police dogs and kept him in stress positions for hours, he says.
He’s been held ever since as an enemy combatant.
Rahim’s story is one of several emerging from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay as defense lawyers make bids to free their clients while the Bush administration tries to use a new law to lock them out of federal courts.
More Afghanistan: here.
Afghanistan: German soldiers pose with skull.
See also here.
Koran abuse in Guantanamo here.