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Arrested translator Ahmad Al-Halabi mostly a mystery

As a high school senior in Dearborn, Mich., Ahmad Al-Halabi stood out only as one of the faces in a yearbook picture of the “robotics team.” But four years later, Al-Halabi, 24, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, stands accused of spying for Syria. He allegedly used his job as a translator to gather top-secret information about the U.S. prison in Cuba that houses suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives. He could face the death penalty if he’s convicted of espionage or aiding the enemy. Al-Halabi appears to have led an unremarkable life until his arrest in Jacksonville on July 23. Arab leaders in his hometown know little of him or his family. He has served in the Air Force without receiving a commendation. A native of Syria, he joined the Air Force four years ago. Nine months ago, he was tapped as a translator at Camp Delta, the high-security prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay that houses 660 detainees in the war on terrorism. Full Story

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