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Pentagon rules out transferring secret Bagram detainees to Guantánamo


The Pentagon has ruled out transferring its most secretly held detainees from Afghanistan to Guantánamo Bay, an official told the Guardian, and is signalling it wants to resolve their years-long plight by the new year.

While US military officials scramble to figure out what to do with an estimated 13 non-Afghan detainees they hold without charge on the outskirts of Bagram airfield, "none of the detainees will be transferred to Guantánamo Bay," Lt Col Myles Caggins, the Pentagon's detentions spokesman, told the Guardian.

Barack Obama, who has been stymied in his attempt to close the infamous detention facility, has not added to the Guantánamo Bay detainee population since becoming president. But this week, the commander for residual detentions at the Bagram site – alternately known as the Detention Facility in Parwan or the Afghan National Detention Facility-Parwan – suggested that the non-Afghans might be sent to Guantánamo as a last resort.

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