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Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in UruguayEvery day during the 12 1/2 years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected Al-Qaeda operative, Adel bin Mohammad al-Ouerghi dreamed of freedom.The six men – four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian – all were detained in 2002 for suspected ties to Al-Qaeda.Like hundreds of others at Guantanamo, the men were held without charge.Another 55 detainees have been cleared for release, and it is not clear what will happen to the 67 detainees still facing indefinite detention.U.S. authorities decided by 2009 that they no longer needed to be held at Guantanamo. Ouerghi and Faraj said each man receives 15,000 pesos ($600) a month from the Uruguayan government, which they must use for food, clothing and everything else except lodging, which is currently paid for by the union.Ouerghi and Faraj also lamented the lost time, particularly the years since the United States cleared them for release.Ouerghi said he had lived in Italy for seven years, where he worked as a cook and learned to speak Italian fluently, and then in Afghanistan, where he said he was married to a Pakistani woman and had a house but declined to provide more details about his life there.All of the men have spent time, from a few nights to a few weeks, at a small hotel about 10 blocks from the house.
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