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  • GITMO prisoner released...

    Not a new event, though most recent in a string of releases....

    1. 2 enemy combatants to Ghana

    Two Yemeni detainees held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were transferred to Ghana, the U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday, years after both men were recommended for release.

    2. 10 enemy combatants to Oman The Pentagon has released 10 Yemeni detainees from the Guantánamo prison camp to Oman, the largest release yet to one country by the Obama administration.
    The transfer, conducted early Wednesday morning, brings the population at the Cuban prison to 93 — reaching the Obama administration's plan to bring the number below 100 by early this year.
    "Just last night, after a deliberate and careful review, we completed the transfer of 10 Yemenis — roughly 10 percent of the total remaining Gitmo population — to the government of Oman," Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday in remarks at U.S. Southern Command in Miami.

    Not sure the date of this list, interesting though.


  • #2

    MADRID — Spanish and Moroccan police on Tuesday arrested four suspected members of a jihadi cell that sought to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group, including one described as a former Guantanamo detainee who once fought with militants in Afghanistan. Three people were arrested in Spain's North African enclave city of Ceuta while a Moroccan was arrested in the Moroccan border town of Farkhana, next to Melilla, Spain's other North African enclave, statements from the two nations' interior ministries said.


    • #3

      The United States is transferring nine detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Saturday. The transfer, which brings the number of prisoners remaining at Guantanamo to 80, comes amid President Barack Obama's renewed effort to close the prison -- one of the earliest pledges of his presidency.


      • #4
        Who would have guessed? :/

        The Obama administration believes that at least 12 detainees released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have launched attacks against U.S. or allied forces in Afghanistan, killing about a half-dozen Americans, according to current and former U.S. officials.

        In March, a senior Pentagon official made a startling admission to lawmakers when he acknowledged that former Guantanamo inmates were responsible for the deaths of Americans overseas.


        • #5

          (CNN)The US announced Monday that 15 detainees have been transferred out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

          It's the single-largest transfer since President Barack Obama took office, according to Lee Wolosky, the US special envoy for Guantanamo closure. The inmates, who included nationals from Afghanistan and Yemen, will be transferred to the United Arab Emirates, a US State Department official told CNN.

          So, based up the Left (American left, that is) this will decrease terrorism. I have yet to hear Boko Harem, Al-Qaida/Taliban, Al-Shababb nor ISIS state they are laying down their arms and ending their war on the world (West) due to this (or any) release...

          Well, imagine that?


          • #6

            Two more prisoners who were released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the first six months of the year have returned to the battlefield, the White House said Wednesday.

            A report from the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) revealed that nine people who have been released from Guantanamo have rejoined militant groups since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to Reuters

            The Obama administration has only released 161 prisoners since 2009, 17 of whom were in the first six months of the year, the report said.


            • #7

              MIAMI - A prisoner from Yemen at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been released and sent to the West African nation of Cape Verde for resettlement.

              The Pentagon says the release announced Sunday of Shawqi Awad Balzuhair lowers the number of prisoners held at the U.S. base in Cuba to 59. Twenty of those remaining have been approved for release.

              Balzuhair has been held at Guantanamo without charge since October 2002 following his capture along with several other suspected al-Qaida militants in Karachi, Pakistan. A U.S. government review board determined he was a “low-level militant” and approved his release in 2016.


              • #8

                President Barack Obama’s parole-style board has cleared for release a “forever prisoner” that American intelligence officials have determined to have at least one relative who served as an al-Qaeda recruiter and can help him re-engage in terrorist activities. The latest exit from the facility comes as the race to empty out the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, heads into its final stretch. It brings the number of detainees who could be liberated by the time President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated to 22 of the 59 captives still held at the Guantánamo facility, commonly known as Gitmo.


                • #9

                  WASHINGTON — A key U.S. lawmaker warned Tuesday that new intelligence shows former detainees released recently from the Guantanamo Bay detention center are trying to return to terrorism.
                  In a letter to President Barack Obama, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., said his committee had received a "troubling new report" from the U.S. intelligence community about detainees recently transferred to foreign countries. He said the report also showed that detainees were recently transferred to a country poorly equipped to stop them from returning to battle.

                  "In light of this dangerous revelation, I again ask that you immediately halt all transfers from Guantanamo Bay and take steps to secure former detainees who pose a threat to U.S. national security," Royce said.


                  MIAMI — The Pentagon said Thursday that four Guantanamo prisoners have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia, part of a final push by President Barack Obama to reduce the population at the detention center in the final weeks of his administration.
                  The four are from Yemen and each had been held at Guantanamo for more than 14 years. They were suspected of being low-level militants with ties to al-Qaida but never charged. They were cleared for release following an extensive security review, the Department of Defense said in announcing the move.

                  Their release brings the Guantanamo population to 55, including 19 cleared for release. The administration has previously said that it will try to get as many of the cleared prisoners out as possible before Obama leaves office. President-elect Donald Trump this week called for a halt of releases.


                  • #10

                    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.

                    Oman's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had accepted the prisoners at Obama's request. It did not name the prisoners.

                    "In consideration of their humanitarian situation, 10 persons have been released from detention and arrived in the sultanate today for a temporary residence," the statement said.
                    The U.S. Defense Department did not immediately respond to questions about the transfer.


                    • #11
                      Not a release story, though an update on the facility there in Cuba.


                      GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A new dining hall for guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has a shimmering view of the Caribbean and a lifespan of 20 years. Barracks scheduled to start getting built next year are meant to last five decades. And the Pentagon has asked Congress to approve money for a new super-max prison unit to be designed with the understanding that prisoners will likely grow old and frail in custody — some perhaps still without being convicted of a crime. (**this is not a civil court setting, these are enemy combatants and should be sentenced through a military tribunal.)

                      President Donald Trump’s order in January to keep the Guantanamo jail open, and allow the Pentagon to bring new prisoners there, is prompting military officials to consider a future for the controversial facility that the Obama administration sought to close. Officials talked about the plans in an unusually frank manner as a small group of journalists toured the isolated base where 40 men are still held behind tall fences and coils of razor wire on the southeastern coast of Cuba.