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Hagel favors closing military prison at Guantanamo

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April 11, 2013 12:18 PM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he backs President Barack Obama's call to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obama announced within days of his inauguration in January 2009 that he wanted to shutter the facility that houses terror suspects, but Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have resisted. They've argued that the prison at the naval installation is the ideal location for military tribunals and have fought efforts to transfer prisoners to the United States.

Hagel was asked at a House Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday if he were in favor of closing Guantanamo. He said he backed the president.