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Guantanamo ‘prepared’ for new inmates: US admiral

WASHINGTON: A top US military official said Thursday the prison at Guantanamo Bay is "prepared" to take new detainees, but has not yet received the order to do so. President Donald Trump last month signed an executive order reversing his predecessor Barack Obama's ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter the much-maligned US prison center. "We have 41 detainees who are there right now. We are prepared to receive more should they be directed to us," Admiral Kurt Tidd, who oversees the military's Southern Command…

Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo detention center open

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he signed an order to keep open the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which his predecessor, Barack Obama, unsuccessfully tried to close. “I just signed, prior to walking in, an order directing (Defense) Secretary (Jim) Mattis ... to re-examine our military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantanamo Bay,” Trump said in his State of the Union speech. He urged bitterly divided Republicans and Democrats to work toward…

Canada apologises, pays damages to former Guantanamo detainee

OTTAWA: The Canadian government on Friday issued an official apology and agreed to pay damages to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and had pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale refused to disclose the amount to be paid to Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was imprisoned for 13 years at the US military prison in Cuba. Canadian media said it was Can$10.5 million ($8.2 million US). Khadr became the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo…

Life after Guantanamo: A tale of two Afghan friends

BATI KOT, Afghanistan: Two Afghan friends were incarcerated together at Guantanamo Bay, but they chose starkly divergent paths after release ?- one became an Islamic State jihadist, the other joined the US-led government fight to crush the group. Haji Ghalib and Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, whose friendship coalesced around a shared love for poetry, were scooped up in the post-9/11 American dragnet and shipped off to the prison camp in Cuba. Their journey encapsulates Guantanamo's failed legacy in the fight to expunge…