US sends 6 Guantanamo prisoners to Uruguay as refugees; other transfers promised by year's end

December 7, 2014 5:00 PM

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US sends 6 Guantanamo prisoners to Uruguay as refugees; other transfers promised by year's end

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday May 12, 2009 and reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier stands guard at the front gate entrance to Guantanamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The U.S. government said Sunday Dec. 7, 2014 six men who have been held more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) (The Associated Press)

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have arrived as refugees in Uruguay, a South American nation with only a tiny Muslim population, amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison.

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