19:11 GMT01 March 2021
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    President Obama’s decision to free 15 detainees from the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba will add new terrorists to the battlefield and increase the threat to Americans, US Senator Bob Corker said in a statement on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Obama had vowed to close the Guantanamo prison before leaving office by releasing most detainees and sending the rest to prisons in the United States.

    "They are hardened terrorists who wished and still wish to do us harm," Corker stated in the statement.

    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that 15 detainees held at the Guantanamo bay detention center had been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, reducing the facility’s population to 61.

    "Each release of a detainee lets another terrorist return to the battlefield and increases the danger to every American," the statement noted.

    About ten prisoners are considered too dangerous to ever be freed and Congress has prohibited transfers to US prisons, casting doubt on Obama’s ability to close the facility.


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