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U.S. Transfers Two Guantanamo Detainees To Serbia


Two detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being transferred to Serbia -- leaving 76 detainees at the facility.

Officials from the U.S. State Department and the Pentagon on July 11 confirmed that the transfers were taking place.

A State Department official named the detainees as Muhammadi Davlatov of Tajikistan and Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi of Yemen.

The State Department said it's the first time that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were being transferred to Serbia.

Davlatov was approved for transfer about six years ago after his case was reviewed by six U.S. government departments and agencies -- the Departments of Defense, State, Justice, and Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Pentagon said in a statement that Dayfi was approved for transfer in October 2015 by a review board that determined his detention was no longer necessary for U.S. national security.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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