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July 02, 2008

Detainee Transfer Announced

                The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of two detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria. These detainees were determined to be eligible for transfer following a comprehensive series of review processes.
The transfer is a demonstration of the United States’ desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary.  It also underscores the processes put in place to assess each individual and make a determination about their detention while hostilities are ongoing – an unprecedented step in the history of warfare.
The Department of Defense has determined – through its comprehensive review processes - that more than 65 detainees at Guantanamo are eligible for transfer or release.   Departure of these detainees is subject to ongoing discussions between the United States and other nations. 
            Since 2002, more than 500 detainees have departed Guantanamo for other countries including Albania, Algeria, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen. 
There are approximately 265 detainees currently at Guantanamo.