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US Naval Base Guantanamo Bay

Last modified: 23 Aug 2007

Country: Cuba   

Latitude: 19° 54' 7" N     Longitude: -76° 53' 52" E

Area use / Military Branches: United States Navy

U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) is located on the south-eastern coast of Cuba. In 1903 the USA leased 45 square miles of land keeping in the same condition until present. Fidel Castro claims back the terrain.

In the past, GTMO fulfilled a strategic function to dominate Central America. The missile crises represented the peak of the Cold War, when Russia intended to place strategic missiles on Cuba and was prevented by the USA. Therefore, GTMO served as a spearhead of the US in the enemy's country. The frontier zone around the US base became the largest minefield in the world. Although, Clinton decided to remove proscribed landmines the frontier between the US base and Cuba remains highly protected and strictly observed. Assigned to the South Command, GTMO is used today in the drug war fought by the USA to establish military supremacy in Central America.

Nowadays, Cuban refugees are sent back to Cuba but during the nineties, hundred of thousands Haitian and Cuban refugees passed through GTMO.

On January 11. 2002 the United States brought their first Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners in the name of their "war against terrorism" to GTMO. The prisoners of war are kept exterritorial on Cuba to prevent access to the American Court of Justice. Security patrols and interrogation of prisoners were given to a Joint Task Force called JTF-GTMO.

At first, the prisoners were brought temporarilly to the camp X-Ray. The soldiers standing sentinel were placed in the tent camp Freedom Heights. On April 29, 2002 Camp X-Ray was closed.

The prisoners were moved from the makeshift camp to the newly built Camp Delta on the ancient Radio Range. The soldiers standing sentinel obtained new accommodation facilities in Camp Alpha. For juvenile detainees aged between 13 to 15 years Camp Iguana was put up. At present, Camp Delta holds over 800 prison cells and keeps up to 660 prisoners from over 20 countries among which a good many are Pakistani, Afghani, Yemeni, Jordanien, Saudi. Guarded and interrogated by over 2000 military personnel.




The camps in GTMO were named counterclockwise from the south after the military alphabet. Camp Alpha being the first and the last being camp X-Ray in the north which was vacated on April 29, 2002. Most housing estates, camps and bunkers are situated in the more protected regions towards the north and Guantanamo Bay. Where a ferry boat connects with the airfield of Leeward Point, an other spit of land.

Camp Alpha and Camp Buckley are located on the seaside between Kittery Beach and Windmill Beach. They joined forces expanding to a camp of 2000 soldiers. The prison Camp Delta was built on the former Radio Range with Camp Iguana connected as waterfront outpost.

  Fahmi Abdullah Ahmed brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Fahmi Abdullah Ahmed: Brought from Lahore over Islamabad to Bagram then to Kandahar and then to Guantanamo
  Abdusalam al-Hila brought from Bagram Airbase Abdusalam al-Hila: was brought from Bagram to Guantanamo
  Mohammed Mohammed Hassan brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Mohammed Mohammed Hassan: Captured in Faisalabad and brought to Lahore, then Bagram and finally Guantanamo.
  Saifullah Paracha brought from Somewhere in Afghanistan Saifullah Paracha: Was captured in Thailand brought to Afghanistan and then to Guantanamo
  Jamil El Banna brought from Bagram Airbase Jamil El Banna: Captured in Gambia, brought to Bagram, then to Guantanamo
  Mamdouh Habib brought from Somewhere in Afghanistan Mamdouh Habib: Captured in Pakistan, brought to Egipt then to Afghanistan and finally Guantanamo
2001 Mohammed C. brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) from Pakistan brought to Khandahr and then to Guantanamo
2001 Abdel Malik Abdel Wahab brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Abdel Malik Abdel Wahab: from
2001 Abdullah Al-Noaimi brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Abdullah Al-Noaimi: captured in Pakistan, brought to Kandahar and then transfered to Guantanamo
2001 Jamal Mar'i brought from Somewhere in Jordan Jamal Mar'i: Captured in Pakistan and then brought to Jordan and Guantanamo.
2002 Bisher al-Rawi brought from Bagram Airbase Bisher al-Rawi: Was captured in Gambia, broght to Kabu, then to Bagram, finally GTMO.
January, 2002 Murat Kurnaz brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Brought from Afghanistan to Guantanamo
January, 2002 Murat Kurnaz Murat Kurnaz kept imprisoned in Guantanamo
January, 2002 Jumah al-Dossari brought from Kandahar airfield (OAKN) Jumah al-Dossari: was captured in Pakistan, then brought to Kandahr and from there to Guantanamo
January, 2002 Bansayah Belkacem brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Bansayah Belkacem: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
January, 2002 Lakhdar Boumediene brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Lakhdar Boumediene: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
January, 2002 Hadi Boudellaa brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Hadi Boudellaa: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
January, 2002 Mustafa Ait Idir brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mustafa Ait Idir: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
January, 2002 Lahmar Saber brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Lahmar Saber: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
January, 2002 Mohammed Nechla brought from Somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina Mohammed Nechla: captured in Bosnia Herzegovina, brought to Guantanamo.
April, 2002 Omar Deghayes brought from Somewhere in Afghanistan Omar Deghayes: from Pakistan to Afghanistan and then to Guantanamo
May, 2002 Ibrahim Fauzee brought from Karachi Airport (OPSF) Ibrahim Fauzee: Brought from Karachi to Guantanamo
May, 2002 Martin Mubanga brought from Somewhere in Zambia Martin Mubanga: Brought from Zambia to Guantanamo.
September, 2002 Abdusalam al-Hila brought from Bagram Airbase Abdusalam al-Hila: Captured in Egypt, brought to Baku Azerbaijan (alleged), transfered to Kabul, moved to Malidu (near Kabul) and then to Bagram and finally to Guantanamo.
November, 21st of 2002 aircraft N379P N8068V N44982 N126CH flew to ICBM Ellsworth 44 / 66 field Guantanamo -> Andrews AFB
September, 23th of 2003 aircraft N313P N4476S arrived from Rabat Airport Morocco - Guantanamo
November, 21st of 2003 aircraft N313P N4476S arrived from Rabat Airport Rabat - Guantanamo
August, 31st of 2004 aircraft N379P N8068V N44982 N126CH arrived from Mitiga airfield (HLLM) Mitiga -> Guantanamo
August, 2006 Murat Kurnaz brought to NATO / USAFE Ramstein Murat Kurnaz returns back to Germany from Guantanamo

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concern sister, marciam79@yahoo.com | 14. October 2008 21:12

My brother

my brother was rescued on the 28th of september and is said to be in Guantanomo Bay, Baracoa. I need some answers about my brother. he has been rescued why is he still there after 3 weeks, after he was lost at sea and was drifting, why has he been held there.

Ana, framisoffice@gmail.com | 23. June 2008 12:45

Guantanamo

Necesito con urgencia para una exposición de arte en Barcelona, españa. Una imágen en 300 dpi de la bahia e guantanamo... me encantaria que fuera una imágen satelital o aerea, como la que tienen en la pagina. Epero me puedan ayudar... Mil gracias

Dear all, I need for an art exhibition in Barcelona, spain, An image in 300 dpi of Guantanamo bay and the prison. It would be perfect a satelital view or a bird view. I hope you can help me, Best Wishes...

Jose L Salas, chips_12003@yahoo.com | 20. January 2008 23:30

Viva Guantanamo

Saludos a los muchachos que estan en la base, voy a ustedes siempre y amamos a nuestros soldados y a Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos

Salas

vitu nancy, scorpio_nv_@hotmail.com | 05. September 2007 16:29

question

dans certain ecris de votre part vous citez le camp six. hors lorsque nous arrivons sur le site de simulation de visite de guantanamo ce camp n'existe pas. je me pose alors la question pourquoi? ce camp renferme t'il des secrets immontrable?

ricardo espinel, espinel13b@hotmail.com | 25. May 2007 18:00

cuba

pa que enyoyes


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