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Top US military commander calls for closing Guantanamo

[JURIST] Admiral Mike Mullen [official profile], the Chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], said in an interview with reporters Sunday that the US facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive] should be closed. Mullen, who was confirmed by the Senate [Reuters report] as Chairman in August, said Guantanamo has damaged the international reputation of the United States, but admitted there could be legal difficulties in transferring the remaining prisoners to other facilities. AP has more.

On Friday, the commander of the Guantanamo Bay facility was reassigned [JURIST report] after only six months on the job. The total population at the prison has dropped to around 277, 100 less than this time a year ago.

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