US releases five Guantanamo detainees to Georgia, Slovakia

By REUTERS
November 21, 2014 01:24

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States has released five detainees from its detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including the first Yemeni detainee to be resettled since 2010, officials said on Thursday.

Three of the detainees were sent to the Republic of Georgia, the US military said in a statement, while two were sent to Slovakia.

The decision to release four Yemeni detainees and one Tunisian reduces the number of people held at Guantanamo to 143, part of a slow-moving effort by President Barack Obama's government to eventually close the facility.

More than half of the remaining detainees are from Yemen.

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