The United States has repatriated Sufiyan Barhoumi who was held at Guantanamo Bay for almost two decades after being accused of conspiring with al-Qaeda.
“The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Sufiyan Barhoumi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Algeria. On August 9, 2016, the Periodic Review Board process determined that law of war detention of Mr. Barhoumi was no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States,” announced the US Department of Defense(DOD).
Barhoumi was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002 following the US invasion of Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.
The US held Barhoumi in detention after he was accused of being a jihadist bomb maker for Al-Qaeda.
The DOD added that only 37 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay while the facility continues to operate.
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