Early Sunday morning, six Guantanamo Bay detainees will walk out of the military prison to freedom to begin new lives in Uruguay. This is the largest single transfer of detainees out of the prison since President Obama pledged to close down the prison camp after he took office in 2009. It is also the first time that a South American country has agreed to resettle Guantanamo detainees.
The six detainees include four Syrians, a lone Palestinian and a single Tunisian national. None of the prisoners had ever been charged with a crime. Most had been held for more than a decade without trial, and have all been cleared for transfer for some time.