Ten Yemeni Guantanamo Detainees Arrive in Oman

President Barack Obama views Guantanamo prison as a damaging symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge but he has not been able to fulfill his pledge of shutting it down. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

MUSCAT, Jan 14 – Ten Yemenis released by the United States from prison in Guantanamo Bay have arrived in Oman, the Gulf monarchy’s state news agency reported on Thursday, citing an official of its foreign ministry.

The men will remain in Oman for humanitarian reasons until their transfer back to Yemen, which is gripped by civil war, the Oman News Agency reported.

In December, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress his department would transfer a wave of detainees from the prison in Cuba at the beginning of 2016.

Pentagon officials have said transfers were expected soon and were likely to bring the number of foreign fighters in the prison below 100. Four detainees have already been moved from the prison this month.

President Barack Obama, who campaigned on a pledge to close the prison, views it as a damaging symbol of detainee abuse and detention without charge that was inherited from Republican President George W. Bush.

However, his efforts to close it have been hindered by fierce opposition in Congress and difficulties in transferring detainees to countries that were unwilling to accept them or provide adequate security guarantees.

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