In this May 14, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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Two long-held prisoners have been freed from Guantanamo Bay and sent to Europe for resettlement, the Pentagon said Thursday, capping a monthlong flurry of releases that was unexpectedly reduced by one when one of the men refused at the last minute to leave the U.S. base in Cuba.The Pentagon said U.S. government officials had determined it was no longer necessary to detain them at Guantanamo and that they could be safely transferred abroad.The prisoner, who has been held at Guantanamo since he was 21 and is now 35, was deeply reluctant to start over in a place he did not know.The U.S. released a total of 16 prisoners from Guantanamo this month, part of an effort by President Barack Obama to whittle down the number of low-level prisoners at the base.
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