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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 879-07
July 16, 2007

Detainee Transfer Announced

            The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of sixteen detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Saudi Arabia. These detainees were determined to be eligible for transfer following a comprehensive series of review processes conducted at Guantanamo Bay.
 
`           Approximately 80 detainees remain at Guantanamo who the U.S. government has determined eligible for transfer or release.   Departure of these remaining detainees approved for transfer or release is subject to ongoing discussions between the United States and other nations. 
 
            Since 2002, approximately 415 detainees have departed Guantanamo for other countries including Albania, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Yemen. 
 
            Approximately 360 detainees remain at Guantanamo.