A detainee is seen in the communal area inside Camp 6 in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Fox)
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There are fewer prisoners than the assorted medical personnel to care for them.After 14 years, the detention center on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appears to be winding down despite opposition in Congress to President Barack Obama's intent to close the facility, which once held nearly 700 people, and confine the remaining prisoners someplace else.Soon, however, officials hope there may be so few prisoners that some of the opposition will melt away.Military commissions have proven to be grindingly slow, so the government is looking at "alternative dispositions" that would include transferring them overseas for prosecution in another country, according to an administration official.At Guantanamo, which held nearly 680 prisoners at its peak in 2003 and about 245 when Obama took office, the dwindling population has made for a quieter detention center and one that is only partially being used.Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command until he left the post last month, said the operating budget for the detention center is about $100 million.For now, officials at the base said there are no plans to reduce the guard force or cut back troops, though they may consolidate prisoners within the camps.
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