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Qatar Man Named al-Qaida Enemy Combatant

A Qatar man alleged to have been paving the way for al-Qaida operatives to settle in the United States was designated Monday as an enemy combatant by President Bush and could ultimately face trial by a military tribunal, government officials said. Ali Saleh Kahlah Al-Marri, 37, has been in custody since late 2001, first as a material witness and later on criminal charges of lying to the FBI and on a charge of credit card fraud. This new designation puts him under the control of the Defense Department, without most rights afforded defendants in the civilian U.S. criminal justice system. Al-Marri is the third person designated an enemy combatant since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the only one who is not a U.S. citizen. The others are Yaser Esam Hamdi, a Louisiana native captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and Jose Padilla, who is alleged to have been involved in a plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States. Full Story

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