Four More Detainees Release from Gitmo

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba / AP

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Four more detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility were released from the prison and sent to Afghanistan, according to an announcement made by the Pentagon on Saturday.

The four detainees—Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir—have been repatriated in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon, which announced the the transfer is part of a larger bid by President Barack Obama to fully shut down the prison facility at Gitmo.

"This repatriation reflects the Defense Department's continued commitment to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo in a responsible manner," Paul Lewis, the defense department's special envoy for the closure of Guantanamo, said in a statement provided to the Free Beacon.

Just 132 detainees now remain imprisoned in Gitmo, which has seen a high of around 775 prisoners.

Each of those four released from Gitmo has been imprisoned for at least 10 years.

The Obama administration has relased the four on the basis that charges cannot be brought against them and that it is possible to reintegrate the individuals back into society following the detention.

The "Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case," the Pentagon said in a statement. "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."

The administration expressed its gratitude to Afghanistan to accepting the prisoners.

"The United States is grateful to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility," according to the Pentagon. "The United States coordinated with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures."

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