Guantanamo prison looms as option as IS fight ends

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Guantanamo Bay detention center could receive new prisoners for the first time in more than a decade under one option being considered as the U.S. withdraws its forces from Syria and works to resolve the fate of hundreds of captured Islamic State fighters.

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters hold nearly 1,000 suspected IS fighters and have warned they may not be able to continue to secure them after the withdrawal ordered by President Donald Trump in December.

The State Department and Pentagon say the foreign fighters should be repatriated and prosecuted, but Guantanamo remains an option for those who are not.

Experts say sending IS suspects to Guantanamo would open up legal challenges, but U.S. military officials have said the base can accommodate additional prisoners.