The Pentagon says fifteen Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the UAE, the largest such release in years. The latest transfers bring the remaining population of the detention center down to 61. Twelve of the prisoners released on Monday were from Yemen; the other three were from Afghanistan. The UAE has taken in a total of 20 prisoners for resettlement. Two of the Afghan prisoners — Mohammed Kamin and Obaidallah, who only has one name — had been briefly charged in a military commission. The war crimes prosecutor dropped those charges. The other 13 prisoners had never been charged with a crime.
Ten Yemeni detainees are transferred to Oman, dropping the prisoner population at Guantanamo Bay below 100 for the first time. The move is the single largest transfer of detainees from the facility. It is estimated that 780 detainees have passed through Guantanamo Bay since it opened in 2002.
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