U.S. sends six Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo to Oman for resettlement

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Posted: Jun 13, 2015 12:23 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six Yemenis held for more than a decade at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo have been flown to Oman for resettlement, the Pentagon said on Saturday, the latest step in a slow push by President Barack Obama to close the facility.

The release came just a week after Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he was working with the White House to prepare a proposal for Congress on shutting the internationally condemned jail at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, where most prisoners have been held without being charged or tried.

Though Obama continues to face obstacles from lawmakers to his long-time goal of emptying the prison, the latest transfer whittles Guantanamo’s inmate population down to 116, less than half the number held there when he took office in 2009.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)