Guantánamo

GOP Senators urge Trump to send Islamic State prisoners captured in Syria to Guantánamo

An unstaffed tower in an abandoned portion of Guantánamo’s Detention Center Zone, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The military approved release of this photo.
An unstaffed tower in an abandoned portion of Guantánamo’s Detention Center Zone, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The military approved release of this photo. emichot@miamiherald.com

Four U.S. senators are urging President Donald Trump to use the Guantánamo Bay detention center to hold fighters from the Islamic State group captured in Syria.

The Republican lawmakers say Islamic State prisoners could escape or be released in Syria, and they would face “justice” at the detention center on the U.S. base in Cuba.

Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida made the suggestion in a letter sent Tuesday to the president.

The issue has come up because Trump has ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and U.S. allies there hold hundreds of Islamic State prisoners.

When Trump took office he reversed an order by President Barack Obama to close the Guantánamo detention center. Although the Trump administration has repatriated one convicted terrorist to Saudi Arabia, it has brought no new prisoners. Forty detainees remain held there.

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