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Enemy Combatant Decision Marks Change, Officials Say

President Bush’s decision to declare a Qatari student an enemy combatant signals a more aggressive approach against terrorism suspects in the face of new threats from Al Qaeda, and it increases the chances that Zacarias Moussaoui will wind up in a military brig as well, officials and legal observers said today. Administration officials said the decision to imprison the student, Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, in a brig in South Carolina on Monday, less than a month before he was scheduled to go on trial in a federal court in Illinois, was intended in part to try to cull more information from him about possible links to Al Qaeda. That avenue would probably have been foreclosed if Mr. Marri’s case had gone to trial next month. “This way,” an administration official said, “we’ll obviously be able to continue to interrogate him. We may be able to obtain valuable intelligence from him.” Full Story

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