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Defense Bill Gives Obama a Gitmo Victory

December 18, 2013

Nedra Pickler, Associated Press

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President Obama (file photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison.

The compromise is part of a broad defense bill awaiting final passage in the Senate this week. It's the first time since Obama came to office promising to close Guantanamo that Congress is moving to ease transfer restrictions instead of strengthening them.

But even with the deal, Obama still faces big obstacles to closing Guantanamo. The administration also pushed for the ability to transfer detainees to the U.S. for detention, trial or medical emergencies but lost on that front.

That leaves Obama with a thorny predicament of what to do with detainees considered too dangerous to release.

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