In t his Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, a Guantanamo detainee closes a door at the detention facility at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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Fifteen Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates, the largest such release in years, the Pentagon announced Monday.Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, about 780 inmates have been housed in the U.S. military-run facility.When Obama took office, there were 242 detainees at Guantanamo.November's election will likely help determine the future of the notorious prison, as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has vowed to fill Guantanamo with "bad dudes" should he win the White House.Shah said it was important for Obama to push ahead with plans to shutter Guantanamo, or the next administration could start filling its cells with suspected extremists captured in the campaign against ISIS.Guantanamo is a U.S. naval base carved out of a remote chunk of land on the tip of southeastern Cuba.
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