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    First Algerians repatriated from Gitmo BY CAROL ROSENBERG - crosenberg @ MiamiHerald.com http://freedetainees.org/1415 The sun rises over the razor-wired
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 6, 2008
      First Algerians repatriated from Gitmo
      BY CAROL ROSENBERG - crosenberg @ MiamiHerald.com
      http://freedetainees.org/1415


      The sun rises over the razor-wired detention compound called Camp
      Delta at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

      In a first, the Pentagon said this week it sent home two Algerians
      from the Guantánamo Bay detention center.

      The latest transfer operation from the remote U.S. Navy base in
      southeast Cuba reduced the prison camp population to "approximately
      265," according to a Pentagon statement issued late Wednesday.

      It made no mention that this was the first repatriation of an
      Algerian citizen since the Defense Department opened the prison
      camps in January 2002.

      Earlier this year, the Defense Department deputy in chargeof
      detainee affairs said in an interview that the Bush administration
      had failed to persuade Algeria to take home any of its nationals.

      "[The Algerians] simply decided that they do not want to accept back
      any of the detainees from the United States," she said. She called
      it "discouraging."

      Last summer, she said, Washington and Algiers agreed on repatriation
      of a number of Algerians she would not quantify. Then the North
      African nation reversed course.

      There was no immediate explanation for the breakthrough from either
      side.

      In fact, the Pentagon used identical language as other more routine
      transfers in announcing the release.

      `The transfer is a demonstration of the United States' desire not to
      hold detainees any longer than necessary," it said.

      Like the others, it labeled such a release "while hostilities are
      ongoing" as "an unprecedented step in the history of warfare."

      Lawyers who have worked on detainee rights cases identified the two
      men as Mustafa Hamlily, 49, born in Bashare, Algeria and Abdul Raham
      Hourari, 28, of Algiers.

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