20 years of detention at Guantanamo Bay
January 6, 2022 - The United States brought 20 prisoners to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, and added some 760 over the years. Approaching the 20th anniversary, just 39 prisoners remain.
U.S. President Joe Biden wants to close the infamous prison, but faces Republican resistance and also procedural barriers.
Established during the presidency of George W. Bush, the offshore jail was meant to hold suspected al-Qaeda members, captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
To date, of the 780 detainees, 732 have been released without charge, many after being detained for more than a decade without legal means to challenge their detentions.