US releases two Gitmo detainees
The United States said Thursday it had transferred two men from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.The Pentagon announced the transfer of Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab, both Algerian natives. Their release leaves 164 detainees still at the prison, including 84 others cleared for release years ago.
The British human rights group Reprieve, which represents the 34-year-old Hadjarab, welcomed Thursday's announcement, calling for the release of more prisoners from Guantanamo.
President Barack Obama's administration first announced plans to repatriate the two inmates to Algeria last month, resuming the transfer of detainees for the first time in nearly a year. The Defense Department withheld their names until after their transfer.
It was not immediately clear how long the two men had been held by the U.S. government.
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About damn time. 164 more to go! 84 already cleared to release, lets get this **** rolling.
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