Special Report - 01/15/15
US frees five Guantanamo prisoners

Detainees in a holding area at Guantanamo (US Department of Defence/PA)

Five men from Yemen have been freed from the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after more than a dozen years of captivity and sent to Estonia and Oman for resettlement.
It is the latest in a wave of releases that have alarmed political opponents of closing the detention centre housing terror suspects.

Four of the men went to Oman and the other to Estonia, the Pentagon said - the first time either nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement.

The men had been cleared for release since at least 2009 but the US has baulked at repatriating Guantanamo prisoners back to Yemen, where the government is battling an al Qaida uprising.
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