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Al Qaeda suspect declared 'enemy combatant'

A Qatari man President Bush designated an “enemy combatant” Monday was an al Qaeda sleeper operative tasked with helping other militants get in position for future attacks, Justice Department officials said. The officials said an al Qaeda detainee provided that information on Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 37. Al-Marri has been in U.S. custody since December 2001 and was under an indictment charging him with making false statements to the FBI and credit card fraud. The detainee also said al-Marri was trained in the use of poisons but was not ordered to carry out a biological or chemical attack in the United States, the officials said. It was the second time since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that Bush has transferred a defendant from the criminal justice system to more restrictive military custody, where he is afforded fewer rights. Full Story

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