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The sun rising over Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in 2008. Photo: Brennan Linsley-PoolGetty Images

The Biden administration transferred Abdul Latif Nasser, 56, a Moroccan man who was never charged with a crime, from Guantanamo Bay back to his home country on Monday, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: It's the first time the Biden administration has repatriated someone from Guantanamo Bay, potentially signaling a renewed effort to reduce the number of prisoners at the controversial prison complex.

By the numbers: There are now 39 prisoners currently at Guantanamo, 11 of whom have been charged with war crimes, according to the Times. At its peak in the War on Terror, Guantanamo held about 675 detainees.

Details: Military officials alleged that Nasser was a former Taliban fighter who traveled to Afghanistan for jihad and fought U.S. forces in the Tora Bora mountains in late 2001.

  • Nasser had been held at Guantanamo since May 2002 after he was captured by Pakistani security forces in 2001 and turned over to the U.S. military.
  • Nasser had been recommended for discharge in 2016 but remained in the prison throughout the Trump administration, which halted all transfers in 2017.

The big picture: Only one detainee, a confessed Al Qaeda terrorist, was transferred from the prison throughout the Trump administration to serve a sentence in Saudi Arabia.

  • A senior Biden official told the Times that the administration did not renegotiate Nasser's Obama-era repatriation agreement with Morocco, the terms of which were not disclosed.

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Scoop: Jake Sullivan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt and UAE next week

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White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom.

Why it matters: Sullivan's first trip to the region since taking office is expected to include stops in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, sources briefed on the plans tell Axios. All three countries are longtime U.S. partners who have faced some early tensions with Biden.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.