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Pentagon Says Two More Detainees Transferred From Guantanamo Bay

It is the second round of transfers announced this week.

The administration has announced the transfer of four detainees this week.(CHANTAL VALERY/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
December 19, 2013

Two Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Sudan, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

The transfer of the two men, Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, brings the detention facility's detainee population down to 158. 

Muhammed pled guilty to the Convening Authority for Military Commissions  in 2011 in exchange for a 34-month sentence. Idris was cleared for transfer in 2009 by the Guantanamo Review Task Force. The task force is responsible for evaluating transfers by considering a number of factors—including security risk.

 

It is the second round of transfers announced this week. The Pentagon said on Monday it had sent two detainees back to Saudi Arabia. In total, the administration has transferred six detainees out of Guantanamo Bay this month.

The move is the latest in an increasing attempt this year by the Obama administration to wind down the detainee population at the facility in Cuba, a long-stated goal of President Obama's. But the administration has faced legal hurdles and political challenges, including opposition from Congress.

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