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At-a-glance: Guantanamo Bay Britons
Five of the nine British nationals being held by the American authorities at Guantanamo Bay detention camp are being released after more than two years in US military base in Guantanamo Bay.

They may face questioning by British police when they arrive in the UK.

US authorities have not brought charges against any of the Britons but two of the four detainees who will remain in Camp Delta, Feroz Abbasi and Moazzam Begg, are said to be candidates for "potential proceedings".

RELEASED DETAINEES

Asif Iqbal, 20, from Tipton, West Midlands
He was picked up by US special forces in Afghanistan. As a child he studied at the Sacred Heart school and the Alexandra High School in Tipton alongside Shafiq Rasul and Ruhal Ahmed.

He left school at age 16 to work in a factory.

Unconfirmed reports suggest he was detained in northern Afghanistan by the Taliban's enemy, the Northern Alliance.

It was at his family's suggestion that Asif went to Pakistan, and his father, Mohammed, accompanied him; his parents believed it was time for him to get married and settle down.

Mr Iqbal met his prospective bride during his first week in Faisalabad, but told his father he wanted some time to think and went to Karachi, but did not return, according to reports.

Shafiq Rasul, 24, from Tipton
Reportedly captured by US forces in Afghanistan.

Shafiq Rasul
Shafiq Rasul
He studied alongside Asif Iqbal at the Alexandra High School and Sixth Form Centre and they lived streets away from each other in Tipton. His family describe him as shy and "westernised".

He travelled to Pakistan in October 2001, apparently for a computer course, and his family lost contact with him in December.

He had only been abroad before for trips to Benidorm and Tenerife on an 18-30 holiday. He was a passionate Liverpool FC fan, was into fashion and clubbing, according to his family.

Mr Rasul is believed to have been captured in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

Ruhal Ahmed, 21, from Tipton
His father says he left for Pakistan in 2001 with Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, apparently to attend a wedding. All three had attended the Alexandra High School in Tipton. He was held by American forces in Kandahar in Afghanistan before being sent to Cuba.

He is the third child in a family of six - two girls and four boys - and his father is a British citizen who moved to the UK from what is now Bangladesh

His family describe him as "a very friendly boy" who was a keen kick-boxer and a practising Muslim. After leaving school, he took a part time job in a local factory and also helped in community centres.

Jamal Udeen / Harith, 35, from Manchester
A web designer from Manchester, he was placed in detention in Cuba in February 2002, after being moved from Kandahar in Afghanistan.

He was believed to have been captured by US forces while being held in Kandahar Jail. He had been away from home only three weeks when he was captured.

According to reports, he told US soldiers he had paid a lorry driver to take him from northern Pakistan to Iran as part of a backpacking trip, but was stopped near the Afghan border by Taleban soldiers who saw his British passport and jailed him, fearing he was a spy.

Born Ronald Fiddler to devout churchgoing Jamaican parents, Udeen converted to Islam in his 20s.

His family say he is a gentle, quiet man who rarely spoke of his faith unless asked, and after four years learning Arabic and teaching English at Khartoum University in Sudan, seemed happy enough to return home, marrying and setting up a computer business with his wife.

He was a devoted father to their three children and was devastated when the marriage broke down, moving back to Manchester, where he worked as an administrator in a Muslim school.

Tarek Dergoul, 24, from east London
A former care worker for the elderly in east London, Mr Dergoul is the son of a Moroccan baker and a lifelong Muslim.

It is believed he was captured in the Tora Bora mountains to which the Taleban had fled after the US military onslaught. One of his arms was reportedly amputated after he was wounded.

He contacted his family in March 2002 to say he was being held in Kandahar. He originally told his family he was flying to Pakistan in 2001 to learn Arabic.

He was believed to have been sent to Guantanamo Bay in May 2002. His family have raised concerns that he is no longer sending letters to them from Cuba.

DETAINEES STILL HELD

Feroz Abbasi, 23, from south London
Born in Uganda he moved to Britain with his family when he was eight.

Feroz Abbasi
Feroz Abbasi
The family based itself in Croydon and Mr Abbasi reportedly attended Edenham High School.

After A-levels at the John Ruskin college, he took a two-year computing course at Nescot College in Epsom.

In November 2002 the British Court of Appeal said it found his detention in Cuba "legally objectionable", but stopped short of forcing the government to intervene on his behalf.

His mother says she is worried for his mental welfare and has not heard from him since late 2003.

Richard Belmar, 23, from London
Held by Pakistani authorities before being moved to Cuba. Said by his family to have converted to Islam, he travelled to Pakistan before the attacks of 11 September 2001.

It is believed he attended a Catholic school in north London, and converted to Islam in his teens, after his elder brother.

He worshipped at Regent's Park mosque, close to his home in Maida Vale, London.

Moazzam Begg, 36, from Birmingham
One of the two men who face a potential military tribunal.

Moazzam Begg
The father-of-four from the Sparkbrook area had been held by the CIA in Pakistan in February 2002.

He was moved to Cuba in February 2003. His family have been refused permission to visit, although they have been able to write.

Mr Begg's father says he has not been told why his son his being detained and has not received any letters from him since August 2003.

Martin Mubanga, 29, from north London
He has joint Zambian and British nationality. His family moved to the UK in the 1970s. He is a former motorcycle courier and was raised as a Catholic before converting to Islam in his 20s

He was held in Zambia before the local authorities placed him in the custody of the Americans. It is reported that he arrived in Zambia after leaving Afghanistan.




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