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And then there were 61: Obama springs 15 more from Gitmo

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By Doug Powers  •  August 15, 2016 09:18 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama has less than five months to fulfill his “close Gitmo” promise from 2008, and he’s determined to come as close to that as possible:

Fifteen Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the largest such release in years, the Pentagon announced Monday.

The latest transfers bring the remaining population of the detention center down to 61. Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, about 780 inmates have been housed in the US military-run facility.

According to a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, 12 of the men are from Yemen and three are Afghans.

The Pentagon has previously struggled to find a third country to take Yemeni detainees, given that they can’t go home because of the civil war in their nation.

“The United States is grateful to the government of the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close” Guantanamo, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Once transferred, former inmates are usually freed subject to supervision and undergoing rehabilitation programs.

Forty-two of the remaining 61 inmates have been deemed too dangerous for transfer elsewhere, so the Obama administration wants to bring them to the U.S. for imprisonment. “Undocumented terror suspects” could be the next progressive cause célèbre.

As always, any released Gitmo detainees who return to terrorism will get a stern reminder from John Kerry that they’re “not supposed to be doing that.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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