The US flag at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on August 6, 2013.
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By Eliana Dockterman
December 31, 2014

The U.S. has transferred five more detainees out of Guantanamo Bay and sent them to Kazakhstan, officials said, bringing the prison’s population down to 127.

Officials determined that the two Yemeni and three Tunisian detainees did not pose security threats. The Department of Defense identified the men as Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, Sabri Muhammad Ibrahim Al Qurashi, Adel Al-Hakeemy and Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Lufti.

During President George W. Bush’s administration, almost 800 detainees were held in the naval base in southeastern Cuba as “enemy combatants” without charges. President Barack Obama set a goal in 2009 of closing the prison within a year but has since faced opposition from lawmakers who say the detainees pose security risks.

Read more: Where are all those freed Guantanamo detainees now?

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