19 Oct '11, 12am

US remains 'committed' to closing Guantanamo Bay prison, and no new inmates will be sent there: Pentagon official

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Obama administration remains committed to closing the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and no new inmates will be sent there, a top US official vowed on Tuesday, despite slow progress. 'The president pledged to close Guantanamo and we continue to be committed to that goal. And so we do not intend to add to the Guantanamo population,' the Pentagon's general counsel, Jeh Johnson, told a Washington think-tank. 'We remain committed to closing Guantanamo. We have from time to time looked at alternative locations.' Opened in January 2002 in the wake of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, the prison swiftly became a symbol of the excesses of 'the war on terror' launched under former president George W. Bush. Mr Johnson said a total of 778 men had been incarcerated there and 171 remained behind bars at the prison on a US military base located on land leased in south-e...

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