Two Yemeni detainees, Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby, have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ghana, the Pentagon said Wednesday. There are now 105 detainees at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross told Agence France-Presse that Atef and Dhuby are the first detainees to be sent anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa. According to their (leaked) files, the men had been recommended for transfer as early as 2010.
The duo will be monitored and the Pentagon is confident they do not pose a threat, Ross said. They arrived in Ghana earlier Wednesday.
“There are security assurances that have been agreed on,” Ross said, without giving details.
“The United States is grateful to the government of Ghana for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
According to their files, Atef was an admitted member of the Taliban, and fought with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Dhuby, meanwhile, was a “probable” member of Al-Qaeda who “probably” fought against coalition forces.