Obama plan to close Guantanamo proposes transfer to US sites

February 23, 2016 17:40


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WASHINGTON - A Pentagon plan to close the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would transfer detainees to any of 13 potential sites on US soil but does not identify the facilities or endorse a specific one, administration officials said on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has pledged to close the prison and move the detainees since before his election in 2008, but his plans are unlikely to gain traction in Congress where lawmakers are largely opposed to moving detainees to the United States.

Obama was due to deliver a statement on the issue at 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT.)

The prisoners, held at a US naval station in southeastern Cuba, were detained by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. It came to symbolize aggressive detention practices in years past that opened the United States to allegations of torture.

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