An Afghan family in the eastern province of Khost says they're excited their son is among 15 prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay detention center and transferred to the United Arab Emirates this week.

They say Obiadullah is now "free" after 14 years in the U.S. prison in Cuba and that they can hardly wait to hear from him.

Fazel Karim, Obiadullah's brother, says the family was not able to travel to Guantanamo but is hoping to go to UAE and visit him. Karim says they first heard from Obiadullah a month ago and he told them he would be "released."

The family spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday

The Pentagon announced on Monday that the detainees — 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans — were sent to the UAE.