Guantanamo-protest-via-AFPObama to begin process of closing Guantanamo Bay: report

By Agence France-Presse

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 23:15 EDT

Topics: barack obama ♦ guantanamo bay

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President Barack Obama plans to resume transfers of inmates from Guantanamo Bay to other countries in a fresh bid to close the controversial US prison, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In the coming weeks, Obama will try to accelerate efforts to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo partly by lifting a long-running ban on sending Yemeni inmates to their home country, the newspaper said, citing unnamed US officials.

The White House, the Pentagon and officers at the US-run prison in Guantanamo Bay all declined to comment on the report.

Obama will argue in a speech Thursday that closing the detention center is vital to Washington’s efforts to counter terror threats, but will not lay out details of the transfer plans, the…

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