Ex-Gitmo detainee killed in US airstrike in Yemen, Pentagon says  

 

Ex-Gitmo detainee killed in US airstrike in Yemen, Pentagon says | Fox News

 

 

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was among those killed in recent U.S. airstrikes on terror targets in Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said on Monday.

Yasir al-Silmi, who was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-2009, was killed in airstrikes on March 2, Davis said.

Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, would not get into specifics about why al-Silmi was released in 2009, but confirmed he was counted among those who had returned to terrorism.

There have been more than 40 airstrikes in Yemen in the past five nights.

As the Obama administration wound down, officials stepped up efforts to shrink the prison population at Guantanamo Bay, though former President Barack Obama was never able to realize his campaign pledge of closing the U.S. detention facility.

 

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