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    The US Department of Defense announced in a press release that it plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainee Abdul Shalabi to Saudi Arabia.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A US interagency Periodic Review Board "determined continued law of war detention of Shalabi does not remain necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States," the press release read on Tuesday.

    The transfer of Shalabi is part of President Barack Obama’s commitment to permanently close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    The Obama administration is currently conducting a review of potential military sites inside the United States to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees who still pose a national security threat. The measure is facing opposition from a number of US lawmakers.

    The United States currently detains 114 prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility.

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