Guantanamo

Shocker! Shaker Aamer Released

By Quinta Jurecic
Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:39 AM

The Washington Post reports that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national and British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay for over a decade, will soon be returned to the United Kingdom. Aamer was initially cleared for release in 2010.

From the Post:

The Obama administration has notified Congress of its intent to send Shaker Aamer, a suspected al-Qaeda plotter held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for over 13 years, back to the United Kingdom, yielding to a lengthy campaign to secure the British resident’s release, officials said.

President Obama discussed the decision to move Aamer, whose case has become a cause célèbre in the United Kingdom, with Prime Minister David Cameron in a call on Thursday, officials said.

Aamer, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and brought to Guantanamo Bay in February 2002, was a “close associate of Osama bin Laden” who fought in the battle of Tora Bora, according to U.S. military files disclosed by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

A Saudi national who married a Briton in the 1990s, Aamer, 46, has been the focus of high-level discussions between the United States and Britain as British officials have increased pressure on the Obama administration to set aside lingering concerns about the risks associated with releasing Aamer and set him free.