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Bin Laden's Driver Out of Guantánamo

Another sign of the end of the Bush era: Salim Ahmed Hamdan, Osama Bin Laden's driver who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, will be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to his native Yemen, where he will serve out the remaining month of his sentence. Hamdan was once considered a dangerous terrorist by the Pentagon, but was sentenced to only four months imprisonment on lesser charges in a military trial in August. "We hope that this will be a positive first step to the transfer of the remaining detainees," said Yemen's ambassador to the United States. Of the 250 detainees still at Guantánamo, 101 are Yemeni.