Mattis visits troops at Guantanamo Bay
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/21/17, 11:03 am
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited troops Thursday at the American Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was the first trip there by a secretary of defense in almost 16 years. Mattis met with troops but did not tour the detention center, which still houses 41 inmates despite former President Barack Obama’s attempts to empty and close it. During his tenure, President Donald Trump hasn’t released any Guantanamo prisoners nor added any to the list of men who have been officially cleared to go home or to a third country for resettlement. The detention center was set up to hold suspected terrorists shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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