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Repatriation of Gitmo Yemenis: US Concerned Over Rehab Arrangements

Al Jazeera reports:

Yemen is struggling with the possible release of the largest group of detainees at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The release of more than 90 Yemenis still being held at the facility may be delayed due to US fears that Yemen does not have the capacity to ensure the men will not rejoin al-Qaeda.

The US has cautioned that if Yemen does not build a rehabilitation center where former detainees can be coached to abandon all forms of radical ideology, it will transfer the men to Saudi Arabia, something Yemen strongly disagrees with.

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The biggest worry for the US, reports Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, is that Yemen cannot control detainees once they are released.

Washington believes Yemen has become al-Qaedas stronghold in the region, and even suspects the government in Sanaa of cutting deals with the group.



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