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Afghan Man Held 11 Years Cleared For Release From Guantanamo

The United States cleared for release an Afghan man held at the Guantanamo Bay prison on terrorist charges for more than 11 years.

The Pentagon said a review board recommended that Mohammed Kamin be transferred out of the facility.

The board noted that Kamin had been candid in describing his past activities, had been "one of the more compliant detainees at Guantanamo" and that there was no evidence he had expressed extremist views while detained or harbored anti-American feelings.

The decision means that Kamin is eligible for transfer. At that point, a detainee's release is dependent on negotiations with host countries on an eventual transition to a third country or return to their home country.

A detainee profile released earlier by the government said Kamin had been aligned with militant groups including Al-Qaeda before he was captured by Afghan authorities in 2003. But it added that information came entirely from Kamin's own statements, and at times he had contradicted himself.

He was transferred to Guantanamo in September 2004.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP