Though President Obama will likely miss his January deadline for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the U.S. Justice Department said Sunday that it transferred a dozen detainees from the controversial prison over the weekend. Six Yemeni and four Afghans were sent to their home countries, and two more were turned over to regional Somali authorities. The move drew criticism from Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who called it a "very bad decision" and said it "endangers our national security and endangers our citizens." There are concerns that Yemen and Somalia are training grounds for al Qaeda, and detainees released to those countries could "easily slip back into the lawless part of the country," Wolf said. Of the 198 prisoners who remain at Guantanamo, most will face trial in the U.S. or be sent elsewhere for detention.
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