U.S. plans to transfer two Guantanamo detainees to Algeria

Story highlights

  • White House said the Pentagon has told Congress of its intent to repatriate two Algerians
  • The detainees were not identified
  • President Barack Obama has renewed his effort this year to close the detention facility in Cuba

The Obama administration said on Friday that it intends to repatriate two Guantanamo Bay detainees to Algeria, saying it is "taking this step" in consultation with Congress.

President Barack Obama has renewed his effort this year to close the controversial facility in Cuba, and the administration again called on Congress to lift restrictions on transferring certain detainees, the White House said in a statement.

The two detainees covered in Friday's announcement were not identified.

There were 166 prisoners at Guantanamo, which was established to house terror suspects following the 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States and the start of the Afghan war.

Many are on hunger strikes, protesting their treatment. Controversy has flared in recent months over force-feeding some of those detainees.