Earlier this week, U.S. authorities transferred 15 Guantanamo Bay inmates
to the UAE, the largest single transfer since Obama was elected president. The facility now hosts 61 prisoners, substantially fewer than its peak populaiton of 684 from June 2003. Obama wants to close Guantanemo, stating that it contrary to U.S. values and undermines national security
. However, his progress has proven slow amid Republican opposition and the faith of the remaining prisoners.