Report: Tipton Three Detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay

Composite statement: Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Rhuhel Ahmed

All three men come from Tipton in West Midlands, United Kingdom a poor area with a small community of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin. The school all three attended is considered one of the worst in England. Rhuhel Ahmed and Asif Iqbal were friends from school, although one year apart. Neither was brought up religiously but each was drawn towards Islam. Shafiq Rasul had a job working at the electronics store, Currys. He was also enrolled at the University of Central England.

This statement jointly made by them constitutes an attempt to set out details of their treatment at the hands of UK and US military personnel and civilian authorities during the time of their detention in Kandahar in Afghanistan in late December 2001 and throughout their time in American custody in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. This statement is a composite of the experiences of all 3. They are referred to throughout by their first names for brevity. There is far more that could be said by each, but that task is an open-ended one. They have tried to include the main features.


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January 11, 2010