The U.S. is still holding 149 people prisoner at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP/Bill Gorman, File)
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The southern edge of South America seems an unlikely home for six men who have spent more than a decade locked up without charge at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The prisoners, who are likely to be released soon, have been offered a refuge in Uruguay, where President Jose Mujica agreed as a humanitarian gesture to accept men that the U.S. has decided do not pose a threat but cannot return to their homelands. In July, the Pentagon gave Congress a legally required notice of at least 30 days that it intended to send the men to Uruguay, suggesting the transfer may be imminent.The six prisoners -- four Syrians, one Palestinian and one Tunisian -- have been held at Guantanamo since 2002, when the U.S. government began using the base to detain men suspected of terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
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