5 YEMENI GITMO DETAINEES TRANSFERRED TO U.A.E
Five men who have been held for almost 14 years at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Pentagon said Sunday 11/15/2015. The men were not released to Yemen because there is a defacto ban on transferring detainees to Yemen because of security concerns in the volatile Middle Eastern nation.
The five Yemeni men were accepted for resettlement in the Persian Gulf nation after U.S. authorities determined they no longer posed a threat, the Defense Department said in a statement.
Ali al Rahizi, 36, was on of the five released. In 2014, a parole-like review board cleared him for transfer.
The other four men had been cleared for transfer by the Obama administration for more than five years. None had been charged with a crime. In the case of Adil al Busayss, 42, he was recommended for transfer to a third country as early as 2004, according to a Department of Defense document.
The other three men are: Khalid al-Qadasi, who is 46 or 47; Sulayman al Nahdi, 40; and Fahmi al Asani, 38.
The five men were transferred as the Obama administration is preparing to present the president’s plan to Congress to close the detention facility. It is believed that some of the remaining prisoners would be sent to the U.S.
107 prisoners remain at Guantanamo, 48 of whom are recommended for transfer. More men are expected to be released by year’s end.
The U.S. and the UAE have a significant and long-standing security partnership. The UAE has asked for further security assurances from the U.S. in light of a nuclear deal with Iran, which occupies three UAE islands.
U.S. military personnel are stationed in the UAE, which has joined the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State.
Two more Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo, Khalid al-Dhuby who had been approved for release since 2006 and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef since 2009, have been transferred to Ghana on Wednesday 01/06/2016 .
According to military records, Khalid al-Dhuby was born in Saudi Arabia in 1981 and travelled to Afghanistan to fight. They say he was assessed as “a probable member” of Al Qaeda. Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef is a Yemeni citizen born in Saudi Arabia in 1979 and was handed over to the US following his capture by Northern Alliance Forces in Afghanistan in 12/2001.
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