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Difficulties Facing the Closure of Guantanamo

As the Voice of America news agency reported earlier this week, Attorney General Holder has indicated that full closure of the Guantanamo detention center by late January of 2010 will be difficult. President Obama has previously asserted his aim to close Guantanamo by this date as part of his administration’s effort to restore America’s international image.

As US officials strive to meet this deadline, strong Congressional opposition to holding Guantanamo detainees on mainland American soil has likely made matters more difficult. Conversely, President Obama’s recent acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize may have added to the political pressure supporting prompt closure of the detention facility.

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