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Red Cross Visits 14 Guantanamo Detainees


Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross have interviewed 14 terror suspects at the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

One of the suspects is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He is suspected of being the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

A Pentagon spokesman told reporters Thursday about the interviews, but he provided no details. Neither did the Red Cross. It is the organization's policy to meet privately with prisoners and to keep interviews with them confidential.

President Bush acknowledged for the first time last month that the the CIA had interrogated the suspects at secret overseas locations before they were transferred to Guantanamo.

There are roughly 450 people held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon announced Thursday that it has transferred 16 of the detainees to Afghanistan, and one other to Morocco.

The Red Cross is the only humanitarian agency allowed to visit Guantanamo Bay and it has done so on a regular basis.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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