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Guantánamo commander dismissed

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The commander of the US detention center Guantánamo has been released. The US military said it lost confidence in its ability. Earlier, there should have been an investigation against John Ring.

The commander in charge of the US Guantánamo detention center, Rear Admiral John Ring, has been removed from office. According to the US Southern Command in Doral, Florida, the reason is „the loss of confidence in his ability to command.“

Former Deputy Brigadier General John Hussey will take over the leadership of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The change would have no impact on the prisoners in the US camp in Cuba.

Investigations since March

According to The New York Times, Ring was removed from office only seven weeks before his regular departure as camp leader. The move is said to have followed a military spokeswoman for investigations against Ring, which have been running since March.

According to the report, Ring had called for a new high-security building for the detainees imprisoned in top-secret „Camp 7“. These are 15 prisoners important to the US, such as the alleged mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Soon more prisoners?

The camp was built after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, under Republican President George W. Bush, in order to detain suspected Islamic terrorists without trial. Bush’s successor Barack Obama wanted to close the controversial camp, but failed because of the resistance in the US Congress.

Last January, US President Donald Trump decreed that Guantánamo should continue to exist. He also considers increasing the number of prisoners there. Last fall, 40 inmates were there.