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FILE - In this May 14, 2009 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to be released to UAE, the biggest transfer under Obama


The Pentagon announced 15 detainees were transferred out of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, the largest release since President Obama took office.

That brings the total population in the prison to 61, about one-quarter of the 242 held at the U.S. military facility when Obama took office, CNN reports.

Obama promised to close the facility on his second day in office, but he has met political resistance. 

15 Guantanamo Bay detainees to be released to UAE, the biggest transfer under Obama

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Some believe releasing the detainees encourage them to return to terrorism. In his foreign policy speech on Monday, Donald Trump vowed to keep the facility open -- and even add more detainees to the population.

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Ed Royce

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) criticized the president's move.

In the past 11 months, 55 people have been transferred to 13 different countries.

The prisoners (listed below) will be transferred to the United Arab Emirates.

  • Abd al-Muhsin Abd al-Rab Salih al-Busi
  • Abd al-Rahman Sulayman
  • Mohammed Nasir Yahi Khussrof Kazaz
  • Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassar al-Muhajari
  • Muhammad Ahmad Said al-Adahi
  • Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari
  • Mahmud Abd Al Aziz al-Mujahid
  • Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh
  • Mohammed Kamin
  • Zahar Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun
  • Hamid al-Razak
  • Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed
  • Ayub Murshid Ali Salih
  • Bashir Nasir Ali al-Marwalah
  • Obaidullah
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