A U.S. government review panel authorized the release of five men detained at Guantanamo Bay, as the prison marks 20 years in operation.
The five prisoners – three Yemenis, one Somalian and one Kenyan – are unlikely to be released any time soon, however, as the Biden administration works to find a nation willing to host them.
None of the men approved for release have been charged with a crime; they’ve been held as ‘law of war’ detainees, or prisoners of the war on terrorism.
Approved for transfer are Yemenis Moath al-Alwi, Zuhail al-Sharabi and Omar al-Rammah, Kenyan Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu and Guled Hassan Duran of Somalia, according to the New York Times. All are in their 40s.
Duran was the first ‘high value’ prisoner approved for transfer, with security measures, as he was the first detainee brought from a CIA black site to be approved for release.
Captured in 2004 on alleged involvement with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Duran cannot return to his home country due to a…