Release of 5 Gitmo Prisoners on Hold After Obama-Era Deadline Passes

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FILE – In this May 13, 2009 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, the sun rises over the detention facility as the sun rises at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. The Trump administration has not released any prisoners and not added any to the list of cleared men who can go home, or to a third country, for resettlement. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

December 13, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The release of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay is now on hold under the current administration.

Reports claim the detainees were cleared to return home by Obama-era policies as part of efforts spearheaded by the former president to close Gitmo.

However, the fate of the prisoners is now up in the air after a deadline to transfer out under those policies has since passed.

While President Trump has yet to reveal his official stance on the detention center, he previously wrote on Twitter that the facility should not release any more prisoners.

He added that freed Gitmo detainees are extremely dangerous, and usually return straight to the battlefield.

According to a report released by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, around 20 percent of the almost 730 released Gitmo detainees have either been confirmed or suspected of re-engaging in hostile or terror inspired acts.

There are currently 41 prisoners remaining at the U.S.-controlled detention camp.