Moving Day for Some at Guantanamo
Posted on Dec 20, 2009
While President Barack Obama will miss his goal of shutting down Guantanamo by January, the U.S. has returned 12 detainees from the notorious prison to their respective homelands. That leaves more than 100 detainees awaiting repatriation. —JCL
The US has transferred 12 detainees from its Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region, the Justice Department says.
Six Yemenis, four Afghans and two Somali detainees were sent to their homelands over the weekend, it said.
President Barack Obama acknowledged in November that he would miss his January deadline to close down the camp.
The US plans to send 116 detainees to their home countries or to third countries willing to accept them.
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy
A watchtower at the Guantanamo detention center.