White House says won't rule out Guantanamo transfers in the near term

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 07, 2016 2:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday he wouldn't rule out more transfers of inmates in the near term from the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Earnest told a news briefing that there were 105 detainees remaining at the prison, including 46 who have been approved for transfers. The administration needs to find countries willing to take the 46 who have been cleared.

The news follows a Pentagon announcement Thursday that two Yemeni detainees had been transferred to Ghana.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu)