The United States released two Guantanamo inmates to Spain and Bulgaria, whittling the detention camp population to 181, the Defense Department said on Tuesday.
"The identities of the individuals are being withheld for security and privacy reasons at the request of the governments of Bulgaria and Spain," the Pentagon said in a statement.
U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the Guantanamo prison camp, a symbol of U.S. torture and illegal rendition, shut down shortly after taking office in January 2009 but has so far been stymied by Congress, including some members of his own Democratic party.
The State Department has been negotiating with other nations to repatriate or resettle those cleared for release.
"The United States is very grateful to the governments of Bulgaria and Spain for their willingness to support U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," the Defense Department said.
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