6 Guantanamo prisoners begin new lives in Uruguay as refugees

December 8, 2014 4:00 AM

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay began their new lives in Uruguay after the United States flew them to the South American country as refugees amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison.

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica agreed to accept the men as a humanitarian gesture and said they would be given help getting established in a country of 3.3 million with a total Muslim population of perhaps 300 people.

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