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US Transfers Two From Guantanamo to Other Nations

Detainees stand during an early morning Islamic prayer at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2009 file photo)

The United States has transferred two detainees from its military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to other countries.

The Defense Department said Monday that Abdul Aziz Naji has been sent back to his native Algeria, while Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani was resettled in Cape Verde. A statement said the U.S. coordinated with the two countries' governments to ensure a secure transfer.

The Guantanamo prison houses alleged terrorists, many held for years without trial. The facility has been widely criticized by human rights groups.

President Barack Obama ordered the facility to be shut down within a year after he took office in January 2009. However, the deadline passed amid difficulty in finding places to put the detainees.

More than 40 other countries have accepted at least one prisoner. The U.S. says 178 detainees remain at the facility.