Two former Guantanamo prisoners return to Afghanistan

Abdul Karim and Abdul Zahir Saber, who have been living in Oman since being released from Guantanamo Bay in 2017, arrived in Kabul on Monday morning, the ministry of interior said.

According to a statement issued by Abdul Matin Qani, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior, Zahir and Karim were imprisoned in Guantanamo in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Both were released from Guantanamo in 2017 and sent to Oman where they were held under house arrest. In this time they have not been able to leave the country.

One Afghan prisoner remains in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Muhammad Rahim, whose family in November called for his release.

The US government has for years said it is working to reduce the number of detainees and eventually shut down Guantanamo Bay, which lies on the island of Cuba but is under US jurisdiction.

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