Saudi Arabia confirms arrival of Guantanamo Bay prisoner

Trump sends al Qaeda bomber back from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia DESPITE saying 'we're going to load it up with some bad dudes'

In a separate statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said it had sent the White House a proposed set of guidelines for sending prisoners to Guantanamo in the future 'should that person present a continuing, significant threat to the security of the United States.' A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to provide any details about the new policy.

Pentagon officials sent the updated guidance to the White House on Wednesday, backing President Donald Trump's decision to reverse course and keep the US military prison open.

US officials have not ruled out adding to the prisoner population again and have acknowledged trouble repatriating Islamic State fighters being held by USA -backed forces in Syria, raising the possibility that Guantanamo Bay could be seen as a viable option in the future.

The U.S. military announced Wednesday it has transferred the first detainee out of Guantanamo Bay prison during the Trump administration.

As part of his plea, Darbi provided evidence against another Saudi Guantanamo detainee - Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who faces the death penalty on charges he masterminded the MV Limburg attack and the 2000 attack against the USS Cole in Yemen that left 17 dead.

Trump's executive order also gave the Pentagon 90 days to devise recommendations for how to deal with individuals captured in armed conflict, and review the criteria for transfer into Guantanamo Bay.

The agreement to repatriate al-Darbi was made under President Barack Obama, whose administration had hoped to eventually close the detention center.

President Trump's order was blasted by groups that have on behalf of some Guantanamo detainees, including the American Civil Liberties Union.




U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has expressed confidence in the detention center's ability to hold terrorist fighters humanely while helping to ensure the security and safety of the U.S.

"It's open, and I am absolutely certain that there is not one thing going on down there that would not be in accordance with the worldwide protocol - the Geneva protocol", he told reporters Monday at the Pentagon.

The U.S. military has long struggled with what to do about prisoners of war in an open-ended battle against Islamist extremism, in which militants have come from all corners of the world to fight in places like Syria.

"We have been engaging with their home countries", Mattis said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says so far USA -backed Syrian forces have captured more than 400 foreign nationals accused of fighting for ISIS.

"So they have a different view as far as what their status is today". "So this is not simple".

At the height of its operations, the prison held 780 people, mostly inmates with alleged ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban.

The remaining population at Guantanamo is now 40, but Trump has vowed to send more detainees to the prison, which is located on a USA naval base on the southeastern tip of Cuba.

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