Pentagon misses deadline for new policies on Guantánamo detainees, transfers: report

Pentagon misses deadline for new policies on Guantánamo detainees, transfers: report
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The Pentagon has reportedly missed a deadline set by President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE to develop policies for the transfer of new detainees from the battlefield to Guantánamo Bay.

Trump in January signed an executive order keeping the controversial detention facility open, and ordered Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisNew Defense chief: Our 'priorities remain unchanged' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Trump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions MORE to recommend how the U.S. should handle individuals captured fighting “in connection with an armed conflict, including policies governing transfer of individuals to U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay.”


Defense officials told CNN that these recommendations are still in the works, and that the Pentagon missed Tuesday's deadline.

"The Department of Defense is in the final stages of providing a recommendation to the White House on policies regarding the disposition of individuals captured in connection with an armed conflict. This includes policies governing transfer of individuals to the detention facility at US Naval Station Guantánamo Bay," an unidentified official said Tuesday.

Mattis added to reporters Monday night that he was unconcerned with the deadline.

"Right now I'm not working that issue," he said.

The defense chief went on to say that the Trump administration is in contact with detainees' home countries to determine citizenship status of captured Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters, noting that many have had their status stripped due to their decision to join the terrorist group.

"We have been engaging with their home countries. Home being the country they were a citizen of when they left to go fight. Now, in some cases, those countries have stripped them of their citizenship, so they have a different view as far as what their status is today. So this is not simple," Mattis said.

"Now that's being worked principally, of course, by State Department, and we're giving all the support that we can," he adds.