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US to Transfer Guantanamo Prisoner Abdul Shalabi to Saudi Arabia - Pentagon

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The US Department of Defense announced in a press release that it plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Shalabi to Saudi Arabia.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US interagency Periodic Review Board "determined continued law of war detention of Shalabi does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States," the press release read on Tuesday.

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The transfer of Shalabi is part of President Barack Obama’s commitment to permanently close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Obama administration is currently conducting a review of potential military sites inside the United States to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees who still pose a national security threat. The measure is facing opposition from a number of US lawmakers.

The United States currently detains 114 prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility.

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