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Gitmo Prisoner: Obama Has ‘Abandoned’ Detainees

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A Guantanamo Bay detainee says he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world after more than 10 years at the U.S. prison. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A Guantanamo Bay detainee says he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world after more than 10 years at the U.S. prison. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Guantanamo Bay detainee says he feels abandoned by President Barack Obama and the world after more than 10 years at the U.S. prison.

Musa’ab Omar Al Madhwani made that statement in a federal court declaration about a month before Obama renewed his vow to close Guantanamo.

Al Madhwani personifies the political thicket that Obama faces. For one, Al Madhwani is from Yemen, and the administration has banned the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to that country since January 2010 because of security concerns.

For another, Al Madhwani already has lost a court challenge to his detention, despite the judge’s conclusion that he was not a security threat to the U.S. Like most detainees, Al Madhwani has never been charged with a crime.

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