July 27, 2013

The United States intends to repatriate two detainees held at its controversial prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria, the White House said on Friday, marking the first such transfer to another country in nearly a year.

The step is the latest by the Obama administration that is meant to show his commitment to closing the prison. Obama promised as a presidential candidate in 2008 to do away with the facility but has been unable to do so.

“We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney in a statement.

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