The Washington Times - July 26, 2013, 03:27PM

The White House said Friday afternoon that the U.S. is sending two terrorism detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Algeria, in advancing President Obama’s goal of eventually closing the facility.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Mr. Obama “remains determined to close” the detention center, despite bipartisan congressional opposition. The president reiterated that intention in a speech on national security in May.

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Dozens of terrorism suspects who’ve been held at the facility for years are on hunger strikes, with the Defense Department force-feeding many of them.