[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday confirmed the release and transfer to France of three French detainees in Guantanamo Bay to France "for prosecution". Mustaq Ali Patel, Ridouane Khalid and Khaled Ben Mustafa were the last three French detainees held at Gitmo following the release of four other French suspects last July. The former detainees are currently being held by the Direction de la surveillance du territoire [official government website in French], France's counterterrorism agency. They were originally apprehended during US operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Including this transfer, the total number of released Gitmo detainees has risen to 211. Read the official US Department of Defense press release on the handovers. AP has more. France 2 has local coverage in French. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the Guantanamo Bay detentions.