- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Moroccan held for more than 13 years at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has been repatriated, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, 46, was captured in 2001 in Pakistan with a group of suspected al Qaeda fighters after fleeing Afghanistan. He escaped and was recaptured and transferred to U.S. custody in early 2002, The Washington Post reported.

The announcement comes as the Obama administration searched for a new location on the mainland to house remaining detainees should President Obama make good on his 2008 campaign promise to close the detention facility in Cuba.

A total of 115 detainees remain at the prison, with 52 of them cleared for transfer home or to a third country for resettlement, The Post reported.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has approved transfers for eight detainees, including a Saudi who is expected to be moved soon.

Chekkouri was approved for release more than five years ago and in the summer of 2013 the Moroccan government agreed to accept him, officials told The Post.

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