Guantanamo Bay transfers out two more prisoners

Pentagon announces transfer of two more detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana, in effort to close maximum security detention camp

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in this January 11, 2002 file photograph.

The United States has transferred two more inmates from Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp to Ghana, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.

In 2002, former US President George W. Bush ordered the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp to be used as a military prison, following the 9/11 attacks, with the aim of detaining prisoners around the globe accused of engaging in terrorism or militant activity.

However, US President Barack Obama has pledged to close Guantanamo Bay during his election campaign in 2008 and signed an executive order regarding the issue within the same year.

The Pentagon identified the transferred detainees as Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al Dhuby.

"The United States is grateful to the government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," the statement read.

According to the Pentagon, the number of detainees has decreased from approximately 800 inmates to 105, with the last two transfers.

Last year, the United States transferred many inmates out of the Guantanamo Bay.  In April, three inmates were transferred to Qatar, 17 to Oman in June, one each to Morocco and Saudi Arabia in September, one to Mauritania in October and five others to the United Arab Emirates in November.  

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