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U.S. to Transfer 2 Guantánamo Bay Prisoners to Algeria

HeadlineJul 29, 2013

The Obama administration has announced plans to transfer two prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to Algeria. The two are among 86 prisoners who have remained at Guantánamo despite being cleared for transfer as early as three years ago. They will be the first prisoners to be released since last fall, months before the ongoing hunger strike that began in February. According to military figures, 68 prisoners remain on hunger strike as of Friday. The Pentagon has also announced its top official for dealing with Guantánamo Bay prisoners, William Lietzau, is stepping down to join the private sector. The State Department official for the same position remains on the job.

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