Al-Qaeda suspect an 'enemy combatant'
The US on Monday declared a suspected al-Qaeda operative an “enemy combatant”, alleging he had been planning a second wave of terror attacks in the US after September 11 2001. Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, a Qatari citizen who has been in US custody since December 2001, was turned over to the Defense Department, where he can be held indefinitely without trial under a controversial designation adopted by the US as part of the war on terrorism. The US has declared as enemy combatants more than 600 people being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but Mr al-Marri is only the third person held in the US under that status. The other two, Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi, are both US citizens. The decision further highlights America’s difficulties in trying to prosecute alleged terrorists. Full Story