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February 1, 2004 | Hamida Ghafour, Special to The Times
For nearly all of his adult life, Abdul Nabi has been a prisoner. For the last two years, the 23-year-old farm laborer has been held in a crumbling Soviet-style prison in this northern Afghan city along with 900 other Taliban fighters. For most of the two years before that, he was held prisoner by the Taliban itself. Now he may finally get to go home.
January 11, 2004 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
Iraqis' complex and contradictory relationship with the dictator who dominated them for decades got even more tangled Saturday, as the country digested reports that the Pentagon has determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war. Cab driver Jassam Said expressed hope that the decision by U.S. Defense Department attorneys that Hussein is protected under the Geneva Convention means he may be tried in the United States rather than Iraq.
January 10, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Pentagon lawyers have determined that Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war, a Defense Department spokesman said Friday, entitling the former Iraqi president to refuse interrogation and possibly complicating the Bush administration's plan to let Iraqis prosecute him. The much-anticipated decision means that Hussein, captured Dec. 13, will be accorded certain rights under the Geneva Convention. The status bars the U.S.
November 30, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Army intelligence officer was charged Saturday with violating security at the U.S. detention camp for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is the fourth worker at the base accused of security breaches. Two Arabic translators and a Muslim chaplain face charges ranging from espionage to adultery. U.S. Army Col.
November 11, 2003 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, taking up its first challenge to the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism, agreed Monday to decide whether the president has the power to imprison hundreds of captured foreigners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, without giving them a chance to show that they are innocent.
November 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
Iraqi doctors who treated former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch dismissed on Friday claims made in her authorized biography that she was raped by her Iraqi captors. Although Lynch said she has no memory of the sexual assault, medical records cited in "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story," due for release Tuesday, indicate that she was raped and sodomized by her Iraqi captors following an ambush on her Army convoy. Dr.
November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
The authorized biography of former prisoner-of-war Pfc. Jessica Lynch says she was raped by her Iraqi captors, a family spokesman said Thursday. "The book does cover the subject," spokesman Stephen Goodwin told the Associated Press. "It's a very difficult subject." The book -- "I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story" -- is being released by Knopf publishing on Tuesday, Veterans Day. Reporter Rick Bragg, who wrote the book, tells Lynch's story.
October 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
An Iraqi lawyer who helped U.S. forces in the rescue of Jessica Lynch toured the soldier's hometown of Palestine and visited a garden planted in his honor. "I will not forget. It will stay with me, in my mind, in my heart," said Mohammed al-Rehaief as he helped plant a ceremonial yellow mum. But al-Rehaief was unable to meet with Lynch during a four-day tour of the state.
October 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Military prosecutors say they are so overworked they need to delay the case against a Muslim chaplain accused of mishandling secrets at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects, the chaplain's lawyer said. Military trial rules require hearings for Capt. James Joseph Yee by Dec. 10, defense lawyer Eugene Fidell said. No hearings have been scheduled, and military prosecutors want that deadline delayed by another 45 days, Fidell said.
October 22, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
An Iraqi prisoner whose death sparked an investigation into treatment of prisoners by Marines died of a broken neck after being grabbed by the throat by a Marine, officials said Tuesday. The Marine and his superior officer are now charged with negligent homicide in the death of the 52-year-old prisoner at the Whitehorse detention camp near the city of Nasiriyah. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
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