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Pentagon to Send Congress Report on Closing Guantanamo

The U.S. Defense Department is expected to deliver a report to Congress Tuesday on how to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Barack Obama made closing the facility one of his priorities when he took office in 2009, but with less than a year left in his presidency about 90 detainees remain.

FILE - Dawn breaks at the now closed Camp X-Ray, used as the first detention facility for suspected militants captured after the Sept. 11 attacks. President Barack Obama made closing the entire facility one of his priorities when he took office in 2009.

Obama is due to make a statement about the detention center from the White House Tuesday morning.

The Defense Dpartment report report is expected to include discussion of sites within the United States where the military could transfer a group of about 60 detainees, but not a recommendation of which should be chosen.

A sign for Camp 6 is posted outside the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 2, 2016. President Barack Obama has refused to send any suspected terrorists captured overseas to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
A sign for Camp 6 is posted outside the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 2, 2016. President Barack Obama has refused to send any suspected terrorists captured overseas to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Potential sites include federal prisons in Kansas, Colorado and South Carolina, as well as military facilities.

Current U.S. law bans the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to locations within the United States. Some say those transfers could bring security concerns.

The White House has left open the possibility Obama could use an executive order to close Guantanamo.

The president has said the site is a recruiting tool for terrorists and is a blemish on America’s image.

Detention center

The Guantanamo facility opened in 2002 under the administration of former President George W. Bush following the September 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington.

Nearly 800 detainees have been held there at some point since then, many for long periods without being charged or put on trial.

Most of the detainees have been transferred back to their home country or another nation willing to take them in, and another 35 are expected to be transferred in the coming months.

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