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    Obama to Repatriate Two Gitmo Inmates

    GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - JUNE 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A watch tower is seen in the currently closed Camp X-Ray which was the first detention facility to hold 'enemy combatants' at the U.S. Naval Station on June 27, 2013 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, houses the American detention center for 'enemy combatants'. President Barack Obama has recently spoken again about closing the prison which has been used to hold prisoners from the invasion of Afghanistan and the war on terror since early 2002.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    Is this the beginning of the end for the controversy-ridden Guantánamo Bay? On Friday, the White House announced plans to repatriate two detainees of the detention facility to Algeria. “As the president has said, the United States remains determined to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay,” said Press Secretary Jay Carney, adding, “We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security.” Carney also asked Congress to cooperate with efforts to close the prison. The long-held prisoners have recently been in the midst of a hunger strike in an attempt to bring attention to their plight.

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