The U.S. Defense Department has transferred five lower-level Guantanamo Bay detainees from the prison in Cuba to the United Arab Emirates, the government said on Sunday.

The USA had held each of the detainees for nearly 14 years as wartime prisoners without charging them, The New York Times reported.

The resettlement of the five Yemeni detainees is the first of its kind for the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken in just one of its own citizens in 2008. Each of the five was captured near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in late 2001 after the battle of Tora Bora, when many low-level fighters fled to the mountains, according to leaked military dossiers.

The Yemeni detainees include three men who had been recommended for transfer by a 2009 task force made up of six security-related agencies, the Times reported. There are also two men whom the task force recommended for continuing detention, but whose status was later changed to transferable by a parole-like board.

The Obama administration is expected to send Congress a plan soon to close the Guantanamo prison. It expects to propose moving the 59 remaining detainees not recommended for transfer to a prison in the USA. Current law bars the military from bringing any detainees onto domestic soil.

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