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U.S. Faces Quandary In Freeing Detainees

The Bush administration repatriated a group of British detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison earlier this month despite months of deep reservations by top Pentagon officials, who believed that they were hardened Taliban and al Qaeda operatives too dangerous to send home, according to officials familiar with the events. Under intense pressure from its staunch ally Britain and after months of debate involving several Cabinet agencies, a consensus view was reached allowing the five men deemed least threatening to go home, with assurances from the British that they would be investigated to the limits of British law, administration officials said. Four others remain at Guantanamo Bay. The internal struggle over the fates of the nine Britons illustrates the difficult security, foreign policy and public relations decisions facing the government as it attempts to determine the futures of more than 600 people still detained at the prison on a U.S. Navy base in Cuba. Full Story

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