Jun 2, 2014

Gitmo hurdles persist after soldier swap

by Ben Fox

President Barack Obama has edged closer to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison by swapping five Taliban members for a captured American soldier, but the criticism he faced Sunday for the deal underscores the challenges he faces in emptying out the cells at the U.S. ...

Freed from captivity, Bergdahl's ordeal continues

Jun 2, 2014

Freed from captivity, Bergdahl's ordeal continues

In 2008, when he joined the army, he was a bookish athlete from rugged Idaho with a passion for fencing. A year later, he was a captive of the Afghan Taliban. Today, he is on the way home, a free man at last. But ...

U.S. defends Taliban swap for captured soldier

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. defends Taliban swap for captured soldier

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday an operation to free captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life. The insurgents’ leader, who has evaded capture since 2001, hailed the swap as a “big victory”. Bergdahl, the ...

Saudi at Guantanamo pleads guilty over tanker attack

Feb 21, 2014

Saudi at Guantanamo pleads guilty over tanker attack

A Saudi detainee at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges in connection with the 2002 suicide bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen. Ahmed al-Darbi, the brother-in-law of one of the Sept. 11, 2001, plane hijackers, admitted ...

Dec 19, 2013

Half at Guantanamo may go free

Up to half of the terrorism suspects held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay could be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison ...

Aug 19, 2013

Efforts to close 'Second Guantanamo' in Afghanistan prove problematic

Of all the challenges the U.S. faces as it winds down the Afghanistan war, the most difficult might be closing the prison nicknamed “The Second Guantanamo.” The United States holds 67 non-Afghan prisoners there, including some described as hardened al-Qaida operatives seized from around ...

Yemen threat snarls plan to close Gitmo

Aug 8, 2013

Yemen threat snarls plan to close Gitmo

The recent security threat emanating from Yemen has complicated U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest push to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reviving doubts among conservative lawmakers about whether it is safe to return Yemeni detainees to their turbulent country. More than ...