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Sep 26, 2009 9:28 AM by Associated Press

Guantanamo may not close by January

White House officials say President Barack Obama's goal of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by next January is in doubt. They are facing a number of difficult issues, including setting up new rules for military trials, finding a location for a new prison to house the detainees and finding host countries for those who can be released.

Shortly after taking office in January, Obama promised he would close the facility by the end of the year. Senior administration officials tell The Associated Press that Obama is still hoping to meet the deadline, but the slow process of reviewing each of the cases of the approximately 225 detainees may cause it to slip.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to more freely discuss the sensitive issue.

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