The United States sent two long-ago cleared Guantánamo detainees to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, the latest move in renewed efforts to empty the prison camps that President Barack Obama ordered closed in 2009.
The Pentagon identified the two men as Saad Muhammed Husayn Qahtani, 34, and Hamood Abdulla Hamood, 48. Neither had ever been charged with a crime, and both returned as Saudi nationals.
The transfer reduced the prison camps population to 160 as the White House presses forward with two death-penalty proceedings on the base. Five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terror attacks are due back at the Guantánamo war court Tuesday.
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