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Guantanamo facilities full, building goes on

Gitmo now holds 384 detainees; 174 more in Afghanistan

U.S. Marines guard detainee camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. Marines guard detainee camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  

From Mike Mount

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pentagon officials said Friday that additional detention facilities are being built at the United States military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to house an expected influx of accused Taliban and al Qaeda fighters held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

A recently completed phase of the detention facility known as Camp Delta is filled to capacity with 384 detainees. The facility replaced smaller, less-refined quarters that the U.S. Southern Command hastily put up at the base after the United States decided to transport the detainees out of the Afghan region.

The recent arrival of more than 80 detainees filled the prison barracks to capacity.

Officials with Joint Task Force 160, in charge of the detainees at "Gitmo," as the base is known in the military, said the task force is working as speedily as possible to build additional detention quarters.

Pentagon officials made the following points in their status report.

  • A total 384 detainees now are at the base.
  • The facility is at full capacity and flights of new detainees have stopped for now.
  • The military is building new units as speedily as possible and will fill them as they're ready, instead of waiting until all of the more-than-200 additional cells are built.
  • There's no time frame on when the next flights will arrive.
  • U.S. forces now are holding 174 detainees in Afghanistan.




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