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General says Guantanamo buildings are in disrepair

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in South and Central America says as much as $170 million is needed to improve facilities for the troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay detention center that President Barack Obama has marked for extinction.

The head of U.S. Southern Command, Gen. John Kelly, told lawmakers Wednesday that upgrades to buildings including barracks and the dining hall for the American personnel at the U.S. base in Cuba are badly needed. He described the living conditions for American personnel at Guantanamo as “pretty questionable.”

Kelly also said, though, the detainees are living in humane conditions.

Obama had pledged to shutter the prison at Guantanamo soon after taking office but Congress opposed it, passing a law that prohibits the government from transferring Guantanamo prisoners to U.S. soil.

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