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General: Detainees threaten to kill

Captured American Taliban fighter John Walker  


A U.S. Marine Corps general said Wednesday that detainees are being treated humanely at a prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite vows by some of the detainees to kill an American before they leave.

"These are not nice people," said Brig. Gen. Michael Leonard, referring to Taliban and al Qaeda fighters who have been brought to the U.S. military facility from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

"Several have stated their intention to kill an American before they leave Guantanamo Bay."


Another 30 detainees arrived Wednesday at Guantanamo Bay, where 50 others are being held. The facility, known as "Camp X-Ray," is being expanded and soon will be able to hold up to 600 detainees, Leonard said.

Captured American Taliban fighter John Walker will be brought back to the United States to stand trial on multiple charges, including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals abroad, the Justice Department announced.

A suspected al Qaeda financier identifying himself as a member of the Taliban Shura, a council of elders, turned himself in to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said Wednesday. During questioning, the man said he had provided money to various causes, said a U.S. Central Command spokesman. (Full story)

Near the airport in Kandahar, Marines blew up the openings to caves and tunnels where they found mortar fuses, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades. The ordnance was found in the same area where machine-gun fire went off last week shortly after the first plane carrying al Qaeda and Taliban detainees took off for Guantanamo Bay.

The body of the seventh U.S. Marine killed in the crash of a refueling plane in Pakistan has been recovered, according to U.S. Central Command. Six other bodies in last week's crash were found earlier.

An advance team of U.S. troops is on the ground in the Philippines to plan for war games "with live targets," Philippine government officials said Wednesday. (Full story)

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George W. Bush: U.S. president

Hamid Karzai: A Pashtun tribal leader and the chairman of Afghanistan's interim government.

Osama bin Laden: A wealthy Saudi expatriate living in Afghanistan who U.S. authorities cite as one of the primary suspects in masterminding the attacks.

Condoleezza Rice: U.S. national security adviser.

Colin Powell: U.S. secretary of state. A former Army general, Powell also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Gen. Richard B. Myers: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Gen. Tommy Franks: Head of U.S. Central Command.

Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. secretary of defense.

The Taliban: A group of Islamic fundamentalists, mainly from Afghanistan's Pashtun ethnic group, which is the country's largest ethnic group. The Taliban that gained control of most of the country by 1997 and instituted an extreme form of Islamic law.

Northern Alliance: A group of former mujahedeen fighters, mainly from minority ethnic groups that oppose the Taliban.

George Robertson: NATO secretary-general and former British defense minister.

George Tenet: CIA director


The military attacks that began October 7 mark the start of what the Bush administration says will be a lengthy struggle against terrorist organizations worldwide -- one that could take years.




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