President Ali Abdullah Saleh told Yemeni security officials Saturday the U.S. will release the prisoners within the next three months, and promised to make sure they do not escape and rejoin extremists groups.
U.S. President Barack Obama signed an order Thursday to close the controversial facility within one year, but there are questions about what to do with the terrorists suspects still held there.
Earlier this week, two men claiming to be former prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility appeared on a video tape, claiming they had rejoined al-Qaida and are now senior militant officials in Yemen.
President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year could endanger Americans by releasing terrorists to their less secure homelands - particularly Yemen, an explosive GOP analysis claims.
"There are approximately 100 Yemenis in Gitmo who cannot be
returned to Yemen because security in Yemeni prisons is laughable," said a House Republican assessment obtained by The Post. The analysis noted that 10 suspects in the bombing of the USS Cole escaped Yemen's "maximum-security" prison in 2003.
Pakistan's foreign ministry Saturday expressed support for the U.S. decision to shut the center, saying it adds what it called a "much needed moral dimension in dealing with terrorism."
According to a list compiled by the Washington Post, there are currently six Pakistani nationals being held at Guantanamo. They include top suspects accused of planning the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
The U.S. Defense Department says as many as 61 former Guantanamo prisoners have returned to terrorism. On Friday, U.S. security officials confirmed that a man released from the facility in late 2007 has become the deputy leader of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen. Mr. Obama has ordered a review of all 245 detainees at the center, to decide how to prosecute those that may have committed crimes.
On December 12, 2000 USS Cole (DDG-67), once a powerful symbol of U.S. military might, limped home aboard the Norwegian transport ship M/V Blue Marlin (see photo above) for repairs to a gaping hole left by a bomb attack in Yemen that killed 17 U.S. sailors. The destroyer, unable to sail under its own steam, was carried into a cold & choppy Pascagoula Bay by the heavy-lift vessel Blue Marlin after a 6 week voyage from Yemen.
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