The Department of Defense announced today that it will be transferring the four British detainees and one Australian detainee in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia.
These detainees are enemy combatants who had been detained by the United States in accordance with the laws of war and U.S. law. The governments of the United Kingdom and Australia have accepted responsibility for these individuals and will work to prevent them from engaging in or otherwise supporting terrorist activities in the future.
The U.K. and Australian governments have made a number of security assurances to the U.S. government in this regard that was important to the transfer decision. The timing of the detainees return remains under discussion by our governments.