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President Obama has edged closer to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison by swapping five Taliban members for a captured American soldier, but the criticism he faced Sunday for the deal underscores the challenges he faces in emptying out the cells at the U.S. base in Cuba. Several members of Congress condemned the exchange, saying among other things that it could put troops in danger if the freed Taliban resume hostilities against the United States. That fear prompted Congress to impose restrictions on the transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo that have thwarted Obama’s pledge to close the detention center within the first year of taking office.



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