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Guantanamo inmates arrive

November 01, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Six Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay but still wanted at home as separatists arrived on their new tropical island home of Palau, which accepted a U.S. request to resettle the men.

The tiny Pacific nation agreed in June to Washington's request to temporarily resettle the men, who have been held by the U.S. since their capture in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001.

The Pentagon determined last year that the Uighurs were not "enemy combatants," but they had remained in legal limbo as the U.S. was unwilling to send them to China and sought other countries willing to take them.

The Turkic-speaking Uighurs are from Xinjiang, a northwestern region of China that borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other nations.

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