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Bridget Johnson


April 20, 2012 - 7:24 am

The Department of Defense announced yesterday that it has sent two Uighur detainees from Guantanamo Bay to El Salvador.

The U.S. had held 22 Uighurs in Guantanamo at the peak. The Chinese Muslims claimed that their foe was the PRC, not the United States.

China has demanded the return of the Gitmo Uighurs, but the U.S. has refused, citing the persecution they’re likely to face from the regime.

The two were subject to release by an Oct. 7, 2008, order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They agreed to voluntarily resettle in El Salvador, according to the Department of Defense.

Other Uighurs have been resettled in Albania, Bermuda, Palau, and Switzerland as the U.S. tries to find homes for them.

Today, 169 detainees remain at the detention center in Guantanamo.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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