US announces transfer of 6 Guantanamo prisoners to Oman

NNA – Six Yemenis held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Oman for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in President Barack Obama’s slow push to close the facility.

The release came a week after Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was working with the White House on a proposal for Congress on shutting the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where most prisoners have been held without charges or trial.

The six men sent to Oman, a sultanate bordering Yemen at the tip of the Arabian peninsula, were identified as low-risk detainees cleared years ago for transfer.

The Pentagon identified the six Yemenis flown to Oman as Idris Ahmad Abd Al Qadir Idris, Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Mas’ud, Jalal Salam Awad Awad, Saa’d Nasser Moqbil Al Azani, Emad Abdallah Hassan and Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki–AFP.

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