The U.S. transferred six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison to Uruguay over the weekend, the Defense Department said Sunday, completing a deal between the U.S. and Uruguay that had been delayed for months.
The six—four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian—are the first Guantanamo detainees to be resettled in South America, and the largest resettlement at one time from the prison since 2009. The men had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years and had been cleared to leave the prison since 2009.
The Obama administration plans to announce more transfers in the coming weeks. Obama had promised in his 2008 campaign to close Guantánamo.