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Five Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Sent To Europe

The detainees have been transferred to Slovakia and Georgia as part of President Barack Obama's continuing efforts to close down the camp.

Posted on November 20, 2014, at 5:29 p.m. ET

Five prisoners have been released from the U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Bob Strong / Reuters

The detainees have been transferred to the European nations of Georgia and Slovakia, bringing the remaining number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to 143.

Hashim Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti and Husayn Salim Muhammad Al-Mutari Yafai have been transferred to Slovakia, while Salah Mohammed Salih Al-Dhabi, Abdel Ghaib Ahmad Hakim, and Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani have been transferred to Georgia for resettlement.

Four of those released were Yemenis, while Sliti is Tunisian.

All those released were among dozens who in 2009 were deemed by a task force to be low-level fighters who no longer pose a threat to the United States, the Associated Press reported.

Dept. Of Defense

Hasham Bin Ali Bin Amor Sliti

Dept. Of Defense

Abdel Ghalib Ahmad Hakim

Husayn Salim Muhammad al-Matari Yafai

Dept. Of Defense

Abdul Khaled Al-Baydani

Georgia previously resettled three Gitmo detainees in 2010, while Slovakia has now taken a total of eight, according to the AP.

The Pentagon expressed thanks to both the governments of Georgia and Slovakia for their "willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."

The transfers are part of a renewed effort by the Obama administration to wind down the detention facility after previously encountering stiff resistance from Congress.