Two Gitmo inmates to be sent to Algeria

The Washington Post

The Obama administration announced Friday its intention to repatriate two prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Algeria, the first such transfers in nearly a year.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Defense Department had notified Congress of the transfers. Under law, Congress must receive a 30-day notification before any transfer unless the defense secretary certifies that those being released do not constitute a threat to national security.

Officials did not identify the detainees slated for transfer, but a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said the Algerian government wants the two back and is “willing and able as a political and security matter to accept them.”