US sends six Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman for resettlement

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From Channel NewsAsia, June 13, 2015

The exterior of Camp Delta is seen at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bob Strong

WASHINGTON: Six Yemenis held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Oman for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in President Barack Obama’s slow push to close the facility.

The release came a week after Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was working with the White House on a proposal for Congress on shutting the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where most prisoners have been held without charges or trial.

Though Obama continues to face obstacles from lawmakers to his long-time goal of emptying the prison, the latest transfer, this year’s largest, whittles Guantanamo’s inmate population to 116, less than half the number when he took office…

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