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US nears deal on extending ex-Gitmo inmates' travel ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Obama administration is closing in on an agreement with Qatar to extend travel bans for five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

A last-minute deal now being negotiated with Qatar would see the restrictions that expire Monday extended for another six months, the officials said Friday. If the talks are successful, they said the agreement would be announced over the weekend. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The White House acknowledged Friday that discussions were underway with Qatar as to how the former detainees should be handled but refused to divulge details.
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