President Obama’s push to close the Guantanamo Bay prison is being jeopardized by the emerging terror threat in Yemen.
Resuming detainee transfers to Yemen was a major part of Obama’s renewed effort this year to close the detention facility.
But the terror threat that prompted the temporary closure of 19 U.S. diplomatic facilities across the Middle East and Africa — traced back to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen — has sparked new calls from Republicans to nix the transfers from Gitmo.
“The dangerous nature of AQAP has been reaffirmed by recent jail breaks of hundreds of hardened terrorists and the recent global terror warning issued by the State Department that forced the closure of numerous U.S. diplomatic missions,” said Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who has tried to block Yemen transfers with amendments to defense bills.