Closing or relocating? Six Guantanamo detainees transferred to Uruguay as Obama works to close prison

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December 7 2014

The transferred detainees included a Tunisian, a Palestinian and four Syrians who were captured in Pakistan and Afghanistan more than 10 years ago. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Six detainees held at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were finally transferred to Uruguay over the weekend, months after the South American country had agreed to accept the men, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

The detainees included a Tunisian, a Palestinian and four Syrians who were captured in Pakistan and Afghanistan more than a decade ago and turned over to U.S. forces. This was the largest single transfer of detainees since 2009.

One of the men, Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who has been on hunger strike, is at the center of litigation in federal court in the District involving the possible release of videos showing him being force-fed.

“We are very grateful to…

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