File - March 30, 2010 photo shows a seated detainee wearing restraints as he reads during a life skills class inside Camp VI at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards
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At about 155 pounds, the Syrian prisoner is gaunt for a man over 6 feet tall.The hunger strike that 43-year-old Abu Wa'el Dhiab started 18 months ago to protest his indefinite confinement without charge was supposed to be over by now. He was told in the spring he would be resettled in Uruguay, along with five other Guantanamo prisoners. In July, the Pentagon gave Congress a legally required 30-day notice that it intended to transfer Dhiab and five other Guantanamo prisoners – three other Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian – to Uruguay, where President Jose Mujica, a leftist former political prisoner, offered to accept them as a humanitarian gesture. The other prisoners have kept a much lower profile at Guantanamo than Dhiab so little is known about them. The U.S. government says the transfer of Dhiab and others is still going to happen.The military no longer discloses how many prisoners at Guantanamo are on hunger strike or are being force fed.
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