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US Transfers 2 Guantanamo Detainees to Sudan

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A U.S. Air Force plane carrying two Sudanese detainees released from the Guantanomo facility from Guantanamo in Cuba, arrives at Khartoum Airport early Dec. 19, 2013.
The United States has sent two detainees who were held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their native Sudan.

The U.S. has sped up efforts to transfer detainees out of Guantanamo, roughly half of the remaining 158 detainees have been cleared of charges, but remain in custody.

The Defense Department announced late Wednesday that Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris have been transferred to the Sudanese government. They had been held at the base in Cuba for more than a decade for suspected terrorist activities.

Muhammed, who admitted to working at an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, was released after serving 34 months of a 14-year sentence handed down in 2011.

Idris was released after his lawyers petitioned the court, saying long-term mental and physical illness made it "virtually impossible" for him to engage in hostilities if he were freed.

Earlier this week, the U.S. sent two Guantanamo detainees back to their native Saudi Arabia.