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Mohamed Aouzar – Witness to Guantanamo

Mohamed Aouzar

Mohamed Aouzar [also identified as Awzar and Ouzar] was born in Koreebja, Morocco in September 1979, and moved to Italy at age 17. In fall 2001, he fought for the Taliban near Konduz, Afghanistan, until his unit was ordered to surrender to General Dostum’s Northern Alliance forces. During the seven-day prisoner uprising at Qala-i-Jangi fortress, he was one of only 80 men out of 400 to survive. After surrendering again to the Northern Alliance, Aouzar was sold to American forces, and transferred to Guantanamo Bay on February 4, 2002. Aouzar was released to Morocco on July 31, 2004. Upon returning to Morocco, Aouzar (along with four other ex-Guantanamo detainees) was put on trial for charges related to terrorism, but was eventually acquitted in 2007.

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