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US Congress deals blow to plan to shut Guantanamo prison

US lawmakers dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s five-year-long effort to close the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba by omitting a plan to shut the facility from an annual defense authorization bill.

US Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters on Monday that the final version of the massive bill will not allow the president to transfer inmates to the US.

“Our language (on Guantanamo) will not be in,” Levin said. The defense bill is likely to be approved by the House of Representatives and Senate in the coming days and then sent to the White House for Obama to sign into law.


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