Obama’s first term as president: 5 things you need to know
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President Barack Obama will be the first American president to spend his first term in office in a military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as he moves to end the nation’s longest war.
His administration will announce the president’s decision on Monday.
Obama’s move to close the prison in January will be followed by the release of all remaining detainees, which could be in the coming weeks.
The closure of the prison has been opposed by Republican lawmakers and critics who said the prison was used to detain terrorism suspects who were later released.
The president, in his remarks, said he was taking action to ensure that the United States has the tools it needs to confront threats like terrorism and crime and that our men and women in uniform can be fully deployed.
The announcement comes as a surprise to many who expected Obama to try to end an eight-year war in Afghanistan that has left nearly 2,400 American troops dead.
More from Fortune: Obama, Congress agree to extend war in Iraq through 2024Obama, in a rare bipartisan meeting, agreed to extend the war in the country until 2024, the day after he takes office.
But he also offered no new plans to end it.
The United States will begin using drones in the war against al-Qaeda and Taliban insurgents, but Congress must agree to allow for a transition period of months and that the use of force by the U.S. military will remain in place.
Congress must also agree to a ban on U.N. troops being deployed in the U,D.C., area, and to extend a temporary ban on the use or threat of force against nations that do not agree to U.n. limits.
The U.K. parliament has passed a motion calling for the closure of Guantanamo Bay and its U.s. base, the Umm Qasr, to be removed from the international map.
The British parliament will vote on the motion in the next few days.
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