U.S. transfers 6 detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay


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(CNN) — The United States has transferred six detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay, the Defense Department said Sunday, leaving the lowest number of inmates at the base in Cuba since detainees started arriving in 2002.

The transferred detainees are:

• Ahmed Adnan Ahjam.

• Ali Hussain Shaabaan.

• Omar Mahmoud Faraj.

• Abdul Bin Mohammed Abis Ourgy.

• Mohammed Tahanmatan.

• Jihad Diyab.

The United States coordinated with the government of Uruguay to make sure the transfers took place with adequate security and with humane treatment, the Defense Department said.

“The United States is grateful to the Government of Uruguay for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the department said in a statement.

Their transfers were unanimously approved by the Guantanamo Review Task Force, which is composed of six departments and agencies.

The review was prompted by an executive order issued by President Barack Obama shortly after his inauguration in January 2009.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed Congress of the intent to transfer the six men, the Defense Department said.

The transfers leave 136 detainees remaining at Guantanamo Bay.

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