In Bagram | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

We were on a cargo plane; I was chained to its floor. We were told any movement would be responded to with force, even bullets. I sat there as I felt others being brought on…

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Omar Al-Kanadi (Omar Khedr) | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

Omar wasn’t taken alone by the Americans, they also took his brother and killed his father in a single confrontation on the Pakistani border. The Americans had gone into a house in that area, intending…

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“We Know This is a Mistake” – My Arrest | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

Once again, a compassionate palm touches me: “Sami!” says my wife, “you’ve stayed up late enough.” “My memories are flowing and have a life about them. Nothing like this has happened before. I want to…

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Deployed to Cover The “War on Terror” | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

Sometimes, when I think back and replay the stream of consciousness of how this all started, a wave of amazement rushes over me. It eases my physical pain, but the mental wounds only deepen. I…

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Guantánamo, Island of Torment | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

The night bird stays perched on the window sill, singing the beauty of the Arabian night. A tender palm touches me, and a kind voice asks: “Sami. Why are you sitting here, awake? Is anything…

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Preface | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

By the time I started writing this book, I was no stranger to sitting alone with my thoughts … I had spent countless hours doing just that in my cell in Guantánamo. What I didn’t…

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Publisher’s Statement | Prisoner 345 | My Six Years in Guantánamo

Sami Alhaj is a journalist. As a journalist, Sami always knew that he would be exposing himself to danger as he worked to deliver truth to his viewers, as journalism is one of the most…

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