Breaking News: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies during hunting trip in Texas

Pentagon says 158 detainees left at Guantanamo Bay

Dec. 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM
| License Photo

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- With the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay inmates to the government of Sudan, the U.S. Defense Department said 158 detainees remain at the prison in Cuba.

The Defense Department announced Wednesday prisoners Noor Uthman Muhammed and Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris were transferred to Sudan.

"The United States coordinated with the government of Sudan regarding appropriate security measures and to ensure that these transfers are consistent with our humane treatment policy," the Defense Department said in a statement. "[As of Wednesday], 158 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay."

A candidate profile published by media watchdog Wikileaks says Muhammed was a senior al-Qaida trainer in Afghanistan.

Idris was identified as a veteran al-Qaida member who served as a "trusted agent" of Osama bin Laden when the al-Qaida leader lived in Sudan in the 1990s.

Paul Lewis, former general counsel at the House Armed Services Committee, was appointed in October to serve as special envoy for the closure of the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he wants to close the detention center.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Report: Clinton Foundation subpoenaed by State Dept. watchdog over charity projects
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting