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U.S. releases 15 detainees from Guantanamo to UAE -- 61 remain

Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:41 am

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday.

The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid a renewed push to whittle down the number of detainees held at the U.S. prison in Cuba that President Barack Obama aims to close.

The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or the al-Qaida terrorist organization. During the Bush administration, 532 prisoners were released from Guantanamo, often in large groups to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

The latest batch of released prisoners had been held without charge at Guantanamo, some for over 14 years. They were cleared for release by the Periodic Review Board, comprised of representatives from six U.S. government agencies.

The UAE successfully resettled five detainees transferred there last year, according to the Pentagon.

Lee Wolosky, the State Department's special envoy for Guantanamo's closure, said the U.S. was grateful to the United Arab Emirates for accepting the latest group of 15 men and helping pave the way for the detention center's closure.

"The continued operation of the detention facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists," Wolosky said.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/15-guantanamo-detainees-sent-uae-major-transfer-220500495.html?nhp=1

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:50 am

that is really fucked up
14 years, no charges Shocked Shocked Shocked

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:01 am

veya_victaous wrote:that is really fucked up
14 years, no charges Shocked Shocked Shocked

It's an abomination, pure and simple.

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Post by eddie on Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:07 am

No charges????? WTF? No

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:58 pm

eddie wrote:No charges????? WTF? No

That was why, even as the right called us terrorist lovers and anti-American, the left in the U.S. has been protesting what's been going on at Gitmo for 14 years now. It's a gross human rights violation.

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