WASHINGTON: Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday.
The Department of Defence said that the Afghan men — Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir — had been moved from the prison after a comprehensive review of their case.
“As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” a Pentagon statement said.
The releases come hard on the heels of the transfer of six Guantanamo detainees to start new lives in Uruguay earlier this month.
President Barack Obama has vowed to close the controversial jail on Cuba, set up to house detainees scooped up during the US “War on Terror” following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The latest transfers leave 132 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon said.