Friday, January 6, 2017

US Releases Four Yemenis from Guantanamo Bay

The U.S. Department of Defense announced yesterday that it has transferred four Yemeni detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Saudi Arabia: Salem Ahmad Hadi Bin Kanad, Muhammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim, Abdallah Yahya Yusif Al-Shibli, and Muhammad Ali Abdallah Muhammad Bwazir. The release followed a review of these cases by interagency task forces that determined continued detention of these four men was no longer necessary to protect against security threats to the United States.

Today, 55 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, but the White House has indicated that more releases are likely before President Obama leaves office later this month.  President Trump is reported to have called for an end to the releases and to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention facility open.


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