Italy to Take 3 Detainees

It was a good day for President Obama’s plans to close Guantánamo. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to take three detainees from Guantánamo after meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office Monday. Also on Monday, the European Union agreed to take 10 prisoners on a case-to-case basis, and other prisoners have been transferred to New York, Chad, Iraq, Bermuda and Saudi Arabia. The president has struggled to find homes for the detainees since vowing to close the prison by the end of the year. There will now be 226 remaining prisoners at Guantánamo, including some who haven’t been charged with crimes and are considered “at war” with the U.S. Congress strongly opposed Obama’s plan to transfer detainees to U.S. prisons in order to close the facility.