U.S. transfers 6 Guantanamo prisoners to Oman

The US will transfer 6 Yemeni's held for more than 10 years from Guantanamo to Yemen.

U.S. transfers 6 Guantanamo prisoners to Oman

World Bulletin / News Desk

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 in 2009.

No further large transfers are imminent, said a senior U.S. official, though efforts continue to repatriate prisoners or settle them elsewhere.

The six men sent to Oman, a sultanate bordering Yemen at the tip of the Arabian peninsula, were identified as low-risk detainees cleared years ago for transfer.

The 69 Yemenis still held at Guantanamo make up more than half of the remaining detainees, but Washington has ruled out sending them home because of the chaotic security situation.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2015, 09:45