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Jordanian Guantanamo prisoner released

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A Jordanian prisoner held by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba since 2002 was released last week, reports said Saturday.

Amman's daily al-Ghad said the family of Hussein Azzam confirmed he was set free in good health.

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The newspaper said Azzam is the brother of Abdullah Azzam, the spiritual leader of Jordanian Islamic groups that fought the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980's.

The released prisoner was seized by American forces during the U.S. war on Afghanistan that ousted the Taliban regime of Mullah Omar.

The Jordanian government says there were eight Jordanians held prisoner in Guantanamo, three of whom have already been released and returned home.

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