SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Two men from China who have been held without charge at the Guantanamo Bay prison for nearly a decade have been released in El Salvador.
The Pentagon and a lawyer for one of them men say the government of El Salvador agreed to allow them to settle in the Central American country. They are ethnic Uighurs from western China.
Uighurs have waged a separatist campaign in China, but the U.S. determined they pose no threat and should not be held at Guantanamo. Resettling them has been difficult because China pressured countries around the world not to accept them. The Pentagon said Thursday that the men's release brings the Guantanamo prison population to 169. Attorney Susan Baker Manning says both men are happy in their new home.