Kandahar Five

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The Kandahar Five is a term used to refer to five men who had been held, for years, in a Taliban prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan, only to end up in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.

Several of the men were interviewed by international reporters during a brief period of partial freedom when they were held in a refugee camp following the takeover of the prison by Northern Alliance forces. They men say they ended up being traded to the Americans in return for a bounty.

According to the Associated Press Commander Jeffrey Gordon, a Department of Defense spokesman defended the men's continued detention:



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