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NATIONAL
July 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
American prisoners of war tortured by Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War cannot be compensated from Iraqi bank accounts seized by the U.S. government, a federal judge ruled. The decision is a financial and legal victory for the Bush administration, which fought to block 17 former POWs and 37 family members from claiming the frozen accounts to pay some of the record $653-million judgment they won earlier this month against Saddam Hussein's government.
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NATIONAL
July 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
A federal appeals court Wednesday refused to rehear the claims of an American-born man captured in Afghanistan who says he is being unconstitutionally held in a military jail as an "enemy combatant." A three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had rejected the claims of Yaser Esam Hamdi, 22, in January, ruling that the government has wide latitude to detain people caught fighting against the United States on foreign soil during wartime.
NATIONAL
May 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
PALESTINE, W. Va. -- Friends and family of former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch avoided talking Thursday about reports that U.S. troops made her rescue from an Iraqi hospital unnecessarily dramatic and that the Pentagon overstated the risks. "The politics of war never enter our minds. Our big concern is Jessi is alive," said Lew Peck, a Wirt County deputy sheriff and family friend. "The politics, if they want to fight it out on TV, I don't care."
NATIONAL
May 14, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles lambasted the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to make good on its promise to hold military tribunals for more than 600 war-on-terror detainees being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz's criticism came in a written opinion rejecting a habeas corpus petition brought on behalf of Falen Gherebi, a 45-year-old Libyan who has been held prisoner by U.S. authorities for more than a year.
NEWS
April 19, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military has released 887 Iraqi prisoners of war, but some of the nearly 7,000 remaining prisoners could be kept in U.S. custody for many months as the Bush administration weighs how to handle irregular fighters, Pentagon officials said Friday. Most of the prisoners being held at a makeshift prison in the southern Iraqi city of Umm al Qasr are conventional soldiers who, under international law, must be released by war's end, Pentagon officials said.
NEWS
April 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush designated today as a day of national recognition for former U.S. prisoners of war and pledged to work for the safe return of Americans captured in the Iraq war. "These brave men and women in uniform follow in the footsteps of these former POWs who placed country above self to advance peace in a troubled world," Bush said. Seven U.S. soldiers are POWs in Iraq, and U.S. officials are trying to determine their location. The Pentagon says it is holding more than 7,000 Iraqi POWs.
NEWS
April 4, 2003 | By a Times Staff Writer
The parents of a 19-year-old soldier rescued from an Iraqi hospital by special operations units said Thursday that their daughter had not been stabbed or shot, as had been reported. "We have heard and seen reports that she had multiple gunshot wounds and knife stabbings," Greg Lynch Sr. said of his daughter, Jessica. "The doctor has not seen any of this. He looked for the gunshot wounds and knife stabbings, and there was no entry whatsoever."
WORLD
March 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
After seven years of civil war, Nepal's government and rebels agreed to release all prisoners of war and announced guidelines for peace talks. "Both the government and the Maoists [rebels] have agreed to release those being held captive and refrain from kidnapping or arresting each other's people," government negotiator Narayan Singh Pun said at a rare joint news conference with rebel leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara. They said peace talks would start soon but didn't give a date.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
The U.S. military is opening a ward for terrorism suspects with mental problems at Guantanamo Bay following a rash of suicide attempts by detainees, including one that left a man with serious brain damage. The mission commander, Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, said he has recommended that some detainees be freed, but he would not say how many.
WORLD
March 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Military coroners have ruled as homicides the December deaths of two prisoners at the U.S. base in Bagram, Afghanistan, a military spokesman said. A U.S. Army investigation continues, Col. Roger King said. One prisoner died Dec. 3 and the other Dec. 10 at the makeshift prison in the U.S. compound, where an unknown number of inmates are held. The autopsies found that both men had been beaten, and one had a blood clot in his lung, King said.
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