Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzak, Abdul (2005-08-16)

Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzak, Abdul  (2005) 
Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy
Combatants at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
16 August 2005
To: Razzak, Abdul
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Razzak, Abdul

An Administrative Review Board will be convened to review your case to determine if your continued detention is necessary,


The Administrative Review Board will conduct a comprehensive review of all reasonably available and relevant information regarding your case. At the conclusion of this review the Board will make a recommendation to: (1) release you to your home state; (2) transfer you to your home state, with conditions agreed upon by the United States and your home state; or (3) continue your detention under United States control.

3. The following primary factors favor continued detention:
a. Commitment
  1. The detainee said he was forced to serve the Taliban three months out of every year since they came to power in 1992 .
  2. The detainee stated he fought with Abdul Wahed in the Russian jihad for approximately five years. He was a driver for Abdul Wahed, a commander of approsimately 800-1000 soldiers. After the jihad, Wahed became the military commander of the Helmand Province .
  3. As of January 2005, Taliban fighters were regrouping at Abdul Wahid Rais Baghrani's compound in Helmand Province. The fighters received money, supplies and orders at the compound.
  4. The detainee was the number two commander of a 40-man unit of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The unit was formed in approximately November 2001 and was supported by al Qaida . The group continually plans to kill Americans. The Supreme Commander of the unit was Haji Raes Abdul Wahed .
  5. The detainee was high in the al Qaida hierarchy and acted as a smuggler and facilitator. Al Qaida's operational leader provided him with weapons.
  6. The detainee received weapons shipments, plastic explosives, night-vision equipment, missiles, small arms and ammunition from Syria. The weapons come from Syria to Zahedan , Iran . From there they were smuggled into Afghanistan.
  7. The detainee aided in weapons distribution to the terrorist team. He also had a night vision and telescoping optical device to use during mission preparation. The terrorist group used it for surveillance on United States forces.
b. Training
  1. The detainee reportedly attended the training camp near Khotal-e-Morcha mountain pass outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee provided guidance at the terrorist training camp near Kandahar, Afghanistan and was directly involved in assassination attempts. He also attempted to have other personnel participate in suicide missions and he provided training on how to use explosive vests.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was originally a freedom fighter against the Soviets, a member of Hezb-E-Islami , Taliban, and then al Qaida. He is currently instructing other detainees on how to resist interrogation tactics.
  2. The Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) has long established ties with Usama Bin Laden . HIG has stages small attacks in its attempt to force US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan, overthrow the Afghan Transitional Administration and establish a fundamentalist state.
  3. In January 2005, Taliban and HIG elements in Afghanistan were beginning to regroup and plan actions against the government of Afghanistan and coalition forces deployed in the country. Abdul Wahid Rais Baghrani, also a major narcotics trafficker, was one of the key commanders involved.
  4. The detainee was part of the main security escort for Usama Bin Laden.
  5. The detainee provided information on a number of Taliban personalities in the Helmand Province being protected by Governor Sher Mohammed .
  6. The detainee was paid to smuggle 50 Arab family members out of Afghanistan and into Zabul , Iran, through Afghanistan's Nimroz Province . He was associated with Taliban commanders.
  7. The detainee admitted to having knowledge of weapons shipments and weapons smuggling routes as well as knowledge of the Jamiat Islami .[1]
  8. The Jamiat Ulema E Islami or "Assembly o the Scholars of Islam " is a radical Sunni religio-political party best known for its anti-United States threats, vocal support of Usama Bin Ladin , and sponsorship of some 3,000 religious schools (madrassah s).
d. Other Relevant Data
  1. The detainee was knowledgeable of an assassination plot against President Karzai the day before it occurred and knew the specific route Karzai was to take.
  2. The detainee attempted to have another individual kill Governor Gul Agha Sherzai and told him he would go directly to heave if he completed the attack.
  3. In 2002, the detainee told another individual that there were still suicide pilots in the United States who could carry out their missions.
  4. The detainee planned and executed the escape of Ismail Khan from a Taliban prison.
  5. Ismail Khan is an exiled Afghan commander.[2]
  6. The detainee was arrested as a suspected member of Abdul Wahed's Taliban organization on 21 January 2003.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer

a. The detainee says that the Taliban is a stupid organization.
b. The detainee vehemently denies that he is currently associated with the Taliban.
c. The detainee claims he is not a Taliban member.

You will be afforded a meaningful opportunity to be heard and to present information to the Board; this includes an opportunity to be physically present at the proceeding, The Assisting Military Officer (AMO) will assist you in reviewing all relevant and reasonably available unclassified information regarding your case. The AMO is not an advocate for or against continued detention, nor may the AMO form a confidential relationship with you or represent you in any other matter.


  1. Jamiat Islami is actually one of the groups that formed the Afghan Northern Alliance -- America's allies, not its enemies.
  2. Ismail Khan was a Northern Alliance leader. After the Taliban's ouster he served as a Provincial governor, and then as Minister of Energy.