US starts expected series of releases from Guantanamo prison

MIAMI (AP) — A Yemeni man who spent the past 14 years in custody at Guantanamo Bay has been freed and sent to the Balkan nation of Montenegro. It is the first in an expected surge of releases from the U.S. base in Cuba.

U.S. officials cleared Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab for release in April 2014. But the U.S. does not send former Guantanamo prisoners to Yemen because of instability there and had to find another country to accept him.

The Pentagon announced he had been sent to Montenegro in a statement Wednesday.

His release reduces the number of prisoners at Guantanamo to 79, including 29 who have been cleared to be sent home or to other countries for resettlement. Officials expect to release most of those cleared in the coming weeks.

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