U.S. Transfers 5 Detainees From Guantanamo Bay To Kazakhstan

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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The U.S. released five more detainees from its Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Naval base, the Pentagon announced on Dec. 30.

The men, who had been held for a dozen years, were never charged with a crime. Two of the men are from Tunisia, and three are from Yemen.

The Department of Defense identified those released as Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, Sabri Muhammad Ibrahim Al Qurashi, Adel Al-Hakeemy and Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Lufti.

They were all sent to Kazakhstan for resettlement. This marks the first time Kazakhstan has accepted released prisoners, and each of the men consented to being settled in the country, reported CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan.

The release of the five men was granted by a government task force five years ago, but due to instability in their countries they could not be sent home.

TIME reports that officials determined the men do not pose security threats.

Nearly 30 prisoners were released and resettled in third countries in 2014 under President Barack Obama’s renewed drive to close Guantanamo Bay despite opposition from Congress.

The population of Guantanamo’s prison is now 127.

Sources: CBS News, TIME / Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons