On June 10, 2006, the US Army reported the deaths of three Guantanamo detainees, Mani al-Utaybi, Yasser al-Zahrani, and Ali Abdullah Ahmed, in apparent multiple suicides. They were the first suicides confirmed among prisoners since the detention center at Guantanamo Bay began operating in January 2002. The families of the deceased subsequently filed wrongful death claims against the US government. In February 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed the case on the basis that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the claims under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. In January 2009, US President Barack Obama pledged to close the controversial prison within a year, but efforts to close the facility have been delayed by legal and political hurdles.