As of today, the U.S. government houses only 160 detainees at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay.
Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood’s transfer from the prison was announced by the Department of Defense this morning.
The Pentagon released this statement:
The United States is grateful to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
The United States coordinated with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances.
It’s been more than four years since President Obama declared that the prisoner detainee base best known as Gitmo would be shut down and all detainees removed “in one year.”
After that executive order in 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder insisted that some of the Guantanamo detainees would be released inside the United States, and others would be put on trial, some in New York City. At the time there were 250 detainees at the facility.
To date, there have been no trials for those detainees in NYC and foreign governments have taken in those that have been released.
The last two detainees released in August of this year were taken in the government of Algeria.
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