30 Nov '17, 8pm

Judge orders US to disclose details of American held in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government acknowledging Thursday that it has detained an American citizen accused of fighting with the Islamic State for more than two months without fulfilling his request to see a lawyer. Responding to a court order, the government said the man picked up on the Syrian battlefield indicated he was willing to talk to FBI agents but “felt he should have an attorney present.” The unidentified American, who has not been charged, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in Syria around Sept. 12 and is currently being held in Iraq as an unlawful enemy combatant. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a court petition challenging his detention and asking to act on his behalf to provide him access to legal counsel. The detainee was in a legal “black hole,” Jonathan Hafetz, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU in New York, told U.S. District Judge Tan...

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