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Syria rejects Guantanamo spy link

Syria has angrily rejected American allegations linking it to a US serviceman accused of spying at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, 24, who is of Syrian origin, worked as a translator at the US base, where hundreds of suspected members of Al-Qaeda and the Taleban are being held without charge. He faces 32 charges, including helping the enemy, and is accused of contacting Syrian diplomats. The Syrian information minister Ahmad al-Hassan called the allegations baseless and illogical, and said it was incredible that a translator in such a position would not have undergone intelligence screening. “How could Syria have spies in Guantanamo? Is the CIA incapable of finding a trustworthy translator?” news agency AFP quoted him as saying. Last week, an American army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay was arrested on suspicion of spying. The US Defence Department is not saying whether the latest case is linked to the chaplain, Captain Youssef Yee. Investigations into security breaches at the base were continuing and there could be further arrests, officials say. Full Story

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