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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US government might transfer more inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention center before the end of 2015.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US government might transfer more inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention center before the end of 2015, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday.

    "I believe that it’s possible that there would be some additional transfers that would take place before the end of the year," Earnest stated.

    He pointed out that the 53 Guantanamo Bay detainees have been approved for transfer to other countries.

    "And, yes, it’s our desire to reach arrangements with countries around the globe to safely transfer those individuals into conditions in which their ability to threaten the national security of the United States has been effectively mitigated," Earnest noted.

    Many retired US military personnel, he added, have called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

    "[A]s of today, there’s actually a new letter that I would commend to your attention that was signed by 28 retired generals and admirals who called for the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and described it as a ‘national security imperative’," Earnest concluded.

    On Tuesday, Human Rights First said in a release that the Periodic Review Board under the US Department of Defense cleared a former al-Qaeda affiliate member to be transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

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