MIAMI — A Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been released after more than 14 years in custody and sent to Italy.

The Pentagon said Sunday that the release of Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman reduces the number of men held at the U.S. base in Cuba to 78. He is one of about two dozen low-level Guantanamo prisoners expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Military records show Suleiman was suspected of fighting with al-Qaida against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. He was never charged. He was cleared for release in 2010 but U.S. does not sent Yemeni prisoners to their homeland because of instability there and had to find another country to accept him for resettlement.

The U.S. transferred two Guantanamo detainees to Italy in November 2009.