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Muhammad Ismail Agha
File:Young Ismail Agha, ten days after repatriation from Guantanamo.jpg
Ismail Agha in 2004, ten days after repatriation from Guantanamo in .

Muhammad Ismail Agha is an Afghan national who at age 12-13 (estimated) was arrested by Afghan militia soldiers, who traded him to U.S. forces in December 2002, for only $10 US dollars. He is one of many juveniles held at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps. Some sources refer to him as the youngest child held at the camps.[1][2][3][4]

Agha was detained at Bagram Air Base, then transferred to Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was released on January 29, 2004 and returned home to Nawzad, Afghanistan. During this time he was held in solitary confinement and subjected to sleep deprivation and stress position.[5]

"Whenever I started to fall asleep, they would kick at my door and yell at me to wake up," he told an Amnesty researcher. "They made me stand partway, with my knees bent, for one or two hours."

In an interview in National Review, Agha and his family stated that he was well-treated by the American troops and attended school during his incarceration.[6]

"At first I was unhappy with the U.S. forces. They stole 14 months of my life, But later the Americans were so nice with me. They were giving me good food with fruit and water for ablutions before prayer."

On the other hand, Agha criticized US authorities for not contacting his parents for 10 months, failing to let them know that he was still alive during that time. He further complained:[7]

"They stole 14 months of my life, and my family's life. I was entirely innocent: just a poor boy looking for work,"

Fox News identified a man with the similar name Mohammed Ismail as one of the three teenagers released from Camp Iguana.[8] The Fox article claimed this capture occurred four months after his release, and that he was captured carrying a letter:
"confirming his status as a Taliban member in good standing."

[9] [10] [11] [12]

See also


  1. James Astill (March 6, 2004). "Cuba? It was great, say boys freed from US prison camp". London: The Guardian.,13743,1163435,00.html. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  2. Pamela Constable (2004-02-10). "Boy freed from Guantanamo details captivity". Bangor Daily. Archived from the original on 2010-01-28. 
  3. Noor Khan (2004-02-12). "Freed Afghan youth tells of Guantanamo". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. "A 15-year-old youth released after spending a year at the US prison for terror suspects in Cuba said he was detained after Afghan militiamen falsely accused him of being a Taliban sympathizer. Mohammed Ismail Agha was reunited last week with his family in a remote southern Afghan village after a year as one of the youngest inmates in Guantanamo Bay, a high-security prison holding about 650 suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters detained since the US-led war in Afghanistan began after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." 
  4. Pamela Constable (2004-01-12). "An Afghan boy’s life in U.S. custody: After Bagram's harsh regime, Cuban camp a welcome change". MSNBC. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. "Ismail Agha was a slight, illiterate village boy of 13 when his family last saw him 14 months ago. When he reappeared last week, he was three inches taller, his voice had deepened, his chin had sprouted a black beard and he had learned to read, write and do basic math." 
  5. Arlie Hochschild (2005-06-30). "Children, too, are abused in U.S. prisons". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. "According to Amnesty International, Muhammad Ismail Agha, 13, was arrested in Afghanistan in late 2002 and detained without charge or trial for over a year, first at Bagram and then at Guantánamo. He was held in solitary confinement and subjected to sleep deprivation. 'Whenever I started to fall asleep, they would kick at my door and yell at me to wake up,' he told an Amnesty researcher. 'They made me stand partway, with my knees bent, for one or two hours.'" 
  6. "Muhammad Ismail Agha, aged 15, is back with his family in Afghanistan after two months' imprisonment at Bagram airbase north of Kabul, followed by a year in the U.S. holding facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba". National Review. March 8, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-28.  [dead link]
  8. "Pol: Too Many Inmates Freed". Fox News. June 21, 2005.,2933,160036,00.html. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  9. Emily Birky (2008). Kidnapping by Convention: Good Intentions or Intentional Indifference?. p. 113. Retrieved 2017-07-28. "Afghani youth Mohammed Ismail Agha’s separation from his parents during Guantanamo Bay imprisonment demonstrates that the United States is not living up to its duties as a signatory and intended ratifier of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child." 
  10. Barbara Olshansky, Nat Hentoff (2011). Democracy Detained: Secret Unconstitutional Practices in the U.S. War on Terror. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781583229606. Retrieved 2017-07-28. "During his imprisonment at Guantanamo, Mohammed was held in solitary confinement and was subjected to sleep deprivation techniques -- intended to aid interrogations -- in the same manner as the adult detainees." 
  11. Michael Ratner, Ellen Ray (2004). Guantanamo: What the World Should Know. Chelsea Green Publishing. ISBN 9781931498647. Retrieved 2017-07-28. "One of them, Mohammed Ismail Agha, now back in Afghanistan, was probably thirteen or less when he was picked up. He says he was arrested by Afghan militia soldiers and handed over to American troops in 202 while he was looking for a job. He was in prison for fourteen months as a terrorist suspect, two months at Bagram and then a year in Guantanamo." 
  12. Michael Haas (2009). George W. Bush, War Criminal?: The Bush Administration's Liability for 269 War Crimes. ABC-CLIO. p. 157. ISBN 9780313364990. Retrieved 2017-07-28. "Mohammed Ismail Agha, aged 12 or 13, was first allowed to write to his dad after ten months of confinement at Guantanamo, but his letter did not reach home in Afghanistan until one year later. Letters to parents of three young prisoners were sent in 2003, two years after their imprisonment, but only after they learned how to read and write." 

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