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US Transfers 10 Yemenis from Guantanamo to Oman
   2016-01-15 19:02:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Protesters, worn orange jumpsuits those symbolize Guantanamo Bay detainees, attend a protest in front of the White House in Washington D.C, USA on January 11, 2016. [Photo: CFP]

Ten prisoners from Yemen who were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have been released and sent to Oman for resettlement.

US officials said it as a significant milestone in the long-stalled effort to shutter the offshore detention centre.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced the release of the Yemenis at a change of command ceremony in Miami at US Southern Command, which oversees Guantanamo.

He said the administration will work with Congress to find a secure location inside the United States to hold those who can't be freed.

"I therefore framed for the president a proposal to establish an alternative location. That plan will propose bringing those detainees to an appropriate secure location in the United States. Congress has indicated a willingness to consider such a proposal. While we work with Congress on the way forward, we will continue to transfer Guantanamo detainees to other countries when and as we have mitigated any security risk to the United States."

The release puts the prison population below 100 for the first time since shortly after it opened in January 2002 to hold men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

There are now 93 still held, including more than a third cleared to leave.

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