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August 5, 2021

Guantanamo Bay camp now 10 years old

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the U.S. military detention camp for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Radio Free Europe reported. A total of 779 detainees have been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since the first group of captives arrived on January 11, 2002. The U.S. government, under former President George W. Bush, set up the camp after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan to attack the Al-Qaeda network, blamed for carrying out the hijacked plane attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States on September 11, 2001. President Barack Obama ordered the camp closed by January 2010 but missed the deadline.

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