Merry Christmas to 17 GITMO Detainees About to be Released

Barack Obama is about to release another 17 Islamic jihadis from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba (GITMO), the largest transfer of detainees since 2007.

The New York Times reports: “The Obama administration appears to be on the cusp of the largest round of transfers of Guantánamo Bay detainees in a single month since 2007, a move that could reduce the detainee population there to as low as 90 by mid- to late January, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.”

Fox News reports:

“There were reports in November that the administration had to delay releasing its plan to close the U.S. military prison, but administration officials stressed that they were still working on the proposal.

“This is complicated by a congressional ban on bringing the detainees to any U.S. prison.  The congressional aide, speaking to, noted that the administration is trying to reduce the number in the camp now, in order to minimize the remaining number officials may try to bring to the U.S. in the end.

“In the meantime, the administration is trying to find other nations to at least take the 48 detainees — including the first 17 — cleared for potential transfer.”

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