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Ashcroft: Walker expected in U.S. shortly

American Taliban John Walker  


As more detainees from Afghanistan arrive at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amidst international criticism, the U.S. attorney general says he expects the American Taliban John Walker to arrive soon on U.S. soil.


Attorney General John Ashcroft said Walker, captured in November fighting with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, would be "brought to justice" in a federal court in Virginia.

"I don't want to provide a specific time during which he'll be in the United States, but I expect him to be here shortly," said Ashcroft.

Walker faces two counts of providing material support or resources to terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and another group called Harakat ul-Mujahideen, one count of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, and one count of engaging in transactions with the Taliban, the ousted regime in Afghanistan. (Full story)

Meanwhile, more than a dozen Afghan war detainees arrived on stretchers Monday at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. military officials said a naval "fleet hospital" would begin operating at the base within hours, providing medical care to detainees equivalent to that provided to U.S. forces.

International Red Cross officials interviewed some of the 144 prisoners already at Camp X-Ray about international complaints over the treatment of the prisoners. (Full story)

A British official said Monday three British citizens among the detainees had "no complaints" about their treatment. A team of British diplomats and officials met over the weekend with the three British nationals, who "spoke freely and without inhibition," according to the official. (Full story)

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was reportedly almost killed when U.S. missiles hit his home in early airstrikes in Afghanistan.

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What are conditions like in Camp X-Ray? (Click here for information)

What are the Geneva Conventions? (Click here for information)

What role are U.S. allies playing in Afghanistan?

Do the remaining Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan still pose a threat?

How long will the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan last?

What is the goal of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan? What is the key to the mission's success?


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




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