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Deported Terror Suspect Details Torture in Syria

A Canadian citizen who was detained last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a suspected terrorist said Tuesday he was secretly deported to Syria and endured 10 months of torture in a Syrian prison. Maher Arar, 33, who was released last month, said at a news conference in Ottawa that he pleaded with U.S. authorities to let him continue on to Canada, where he has lived for 15 years and has a family. But instead, he was flown under U.S. guard to Jordan and handed over to Syria, where he was born. Arar denied any connection to terrorism and said he would fight to clear his name. U.S. officials said Tuesday that Arar was deported because he had been put on a terrorist watch list after information from “multiple international intelligence agencies” linked him to terrorist groups. Full Story

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