The Department of Defense (DOD) has transferred Abdul Latif Nasir back to his native Morocco after a review board in 2016 declared him no longer “a continuing threat” to the United States. This leaves 39 prisoners left at the American enclave and military base near the Southeast corner of Cuba.
“The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for its long-time partnership in securing both countries’ national security interests,” read a DOD statement.
The detention facility was opened in 2002 under former president George W. Bush and held 800 detainees from Iraq, Afghanistan and 9/11 suspects. While former president Obama was in office, the population at the facility was reduced from 245 to 41. While Trump was in office, one detainee was transferred to a foreign country for continuing detention. For each detainee, the U.S. has to obtain an agreement from the country of the detainee’s citizenship that he can be transferred there, how long he will be detained for and in the case of some African, Middle-east and other countries, a guarantee the detainee will be treated humanely.