Ireland to take Guantanamo inmates
Two more prisoners at Guantanamo prison camp will be leaving for freedom shortly as Ireland agrees to take them in. The men are Uzbeks.
The two men, reportedly Uzbeks, are expected to travel to Ireland in the "next couple of months," Dermot Ahern, the Irish justice minister, said on Wednesday.
The prisoners have been cleared of having any threat to the peace of the United States, but have been kept incarcerated because of the reluctance of the Americans to have them enter their society. Other countries have been reluctant to accept Guantanamo prisoners as well, taking only a few at a time. Italy, Hungary and Portugal have agreed to take a few each. Formerly, Albania received three Uighurs and Uighurs have settled in Bermuda.
President Obama has pledged to close Guantanamo prison camp, but the task is proving to be difficult.
The prospect of transferring the remaining approximately 240 inmates in Guantanamo to top security jails in the US remains deeply unpopular in the US Congress.
Britain has repatriated its citizens from the Guantanamo prison camp. Canada has not. The child soldier Omar Khadr remains in Guantanamo prison camp after more than seven years.