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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Delegation Heads for Guantanamo Bay

Russian law enforcement officials will travel to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to determine the nationality of some of the alleged terrorists being held there by the U.S. military, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that it had been informed by the Americans that some of the captives being held at the Cuban base are Russian citizens. Officials will travel to the base in the near future "to determine the actual citizenship of these people and their involvement in terrorist acts."

The U.S. military says the 300 captives at Guantanamo Bay include fighters from the al-Qaida terrorist network and the fallen Afghan Taliban regime.

U.S. officials are determining whether and how to prosecute the men and say those not tried by a military tribunal empowered to order the death penalty could be prosecuted in U.S. courts, returned for trial to their home countries, held indefinitely or released outright.