Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) is a strip of land on the southeast tip of Cuba, which the United States leased in perpetuity in 1903, following the Spanish–American War. The 45-square-mile territory hosts a large U.S. naval installation (GTMO), that had a relatively quiet existence until the attacks on September 11, 2001, when the U.S. Department of Defense put into motion plans to utilize sectors of the base for the purpose of detaining and interrogating terrorist suspects. There, the U.S. military has held up to 780 detainees (down to 320 in 2008 and down to 41 in 2018). Many of those detainees were captured in Afghanistan in the early phases of the global war on terror. The U.S. government has insisted that many of the detainees were ...

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