The Obama administration transferred the last three Uighur Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay to Slovakia, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday.

The three men, Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper, were cleared by a federal judge for transfer in 2008 but have languished in the prison as the administration tried to find a country to accept them.

The U.S. government feared the trio would face harsh treatment if returned to their native China,  so the administration negotiated a deal to resettle them in Slovakia, a location the detainees found agreeable.

The Pentagon hailed the transfer as a “significant milestone” in President Obama's five-year attempt to close the Guantanamo Bay facility.

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