US to free last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmates


Al-Wasat daily, quoting informed sources, said US authorities had informed Kuwait, a staunch ally of Washington, that its remaining citizens in the military base do not constitute any danger to American national security.

The daily quoted the sources as saying the prisoners would be released before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins by mid-September.

The United States has so far freed eight of the 12 Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantanamo. They have faced trial in Kuwaiti courts and acquitted of charges of joining Al Qaeda and fighting US forces under Afghanistan’s ousted Taleban.

About 455 people are currently held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base where the US has detained and interrogated 750 prisoners since early 2002 in its “war on terror” after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

Al-Wasat launched publication on Saturday to become the seventh Kuwaiti Arabic-language daily after parliament last year passed a law calling on the government to allow more dailies on newsstands

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