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Obama administration to speed up Guantanamo Bay detainee transfers




A watch tower is seen in the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
A watch tower is seen in the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Detainee transfers out of Guantanamo Bay grinded to a virtual stop between 2011 and 2013. And the Obama administration is planning to kick start efforts to drastically cut down the Gitmo population in 2015, reports the Washington Post.

Closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp is one of the Obama’s national security goals, and the President has taken a more active role in making sure that happens. Accordingly to the Post, has called several heads of state to see if they’d be willing to accept the transfers. The administration is pinning its hopes particularly on Latin American countries after Uruguay agreed to take six detainees this month.

What are the obstacles facing the administration to closing Guantanamo Bay?

Guest: 

Missy Ryan, Pentagon reporter for the Washington Post who has been following the story