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The prison population of Guantanamo is reported to stand at 598, very close to its ideal maximum capacity of about 600. (Borger 10/16/2002) Its population will reach a maximum of about 660 in July 2003 (see July 18, 2003).

Twenty detainees are transferred from Guantanamo to their home countries. Whether they are to be released upon arrival or to remain in detention in these countries is not revealed. (US Department of Defense 11/24/2003) Two days later, about 20 new detainees arrive. The total number of detainees at Guantanamo now stands at approximately 660. Little information about the identities and home countries of the detainees is released to the public. (US Department of Defense 11/24/2003)

The Defense Department reports that are about 590 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (US Department of Defense 7/27/2004) This is a decrease from its maximum number of about 660 detainees in about November 2003 (see November 21-23, 2003).

The Department of Defense reports it has transferred five Moroccan detainees from Guantanamo to the government of Morocco. This makes the total number of detainees being held at Guantanamo 585. (US Department of Defense 8/2/2004)


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