Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Noori, Mullah Norullah A (27 January 2007)

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Department of Defense
Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants

at US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

27 January 2007
To: Nori, Mullah Norrullah A
Subject: Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Noori, Mullah Norullah

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.


The following primary factors favor continued detention:

a. Commitment
  1. In September 1995 the detainee fought alongside al Qaida as a Taliban military general, against the Northern Alliance. The detainee was responsible for the line near Murghab, Afghanistan in the vicinity of Herat, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee claimed he joined the Taliban in 1999. He worked for the governor of Jalalabad, Afghanistan until December 1999. In February 2000 the detainee arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
  3. The detainee began working for the Taliban government as one of eight assistants to the Governor of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
  4. The detainee eventually became the governor of the Balkh Province, Afghanistan as he was one of a very few tribal members who could read and write. The detainee held this position for about eight to ten months. The detainee received the title of Mullah due to his education and political position.
  5. The detainee was fighting on the front lines at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan as a Taliban fighter. As the front lines in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan fell the detainee moved with a majority of the remaining fighters to Kunduz, Afghanistan to reestablish the front lines.
  6. While traveling from Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan to Zabol Province, Afghanistan, the detainee agreed to negotiate with Dostum's forces regarding surrender of Taliban forces.
b. Training
The detainee's job required him to stand guard duty, armed with a Kalashnikov, at buildings. The detainee denied ever receiving any training for this position. The detainee stated that he never learned how to take the weapon apart, but he knew how to use it.
c. Connections/Associations
  1. The detainee was identified as the Taliban leader in charge of Mazar sal, Afghanistan.
  2. The detainee's name appears on a list of key Taliban personalities.
  3. The detainee is a close associate of a high-ranking Taliban leader.
  4. The detainee hosted al Qaida commanders.
  5. The detainee held a meeting with the head of the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan, who discussed jihad in Uzbekistan.
  6. While serving as the governor of Balkh province in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan the detainee met a subordinate of Usama bin Laden to pass a message from the Taliban supreme leader.
d. Intent
  1. As of late July 2003, Taliban leaders close to the detainee were leading efforts in Zabol Province, Afghanistan to destabilize the Afghan transitional administration.
  2. As of early November 2003, while he was the Taliban zone chief, the detainee provided assistance to a friend who was using profits from the sale of narcotics to provide material support to the Taliban and al Qaida. The detainee had given him money and provided him with a money exchange shop.
  3. A group of individuals, including a Taliban member, continue to work to support the detainee.
e. Other Relevant Data
The detainee was in charge of about ISO combat troops and one helicopter.

The following primary factors favor release or transfer:


The detainee does not consider himself an enemy of the United States. The detainee has never believed that the United States is an enemy of Afghanistan. The detainee reiterated that he never fought with or shot a gun at anyone.


The detainee advised that he did not know much about Usama bin Laden and had only heard of him an the radio. The detainee has never seen Usama bin Laden.


The detainee said that he is not against the United States in any way. If the detainee were allowed to return home, he would attempt to obtain a position in the new government with the hope of being able to provide for his family. The detainee would hold nothing against the United States and would not give support to anyone who was against the United States.


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.