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French to Visit Nationals Held in Guantanamo Soon

French officials will soon visit the six French nationals held as “enemy combatants” at the United States military base in Guantanamo Bay, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The six, arrested in Afghanistan in early 2002, are among about 660 suspected Taliban and al Qaeda members held there without the normal protections afforded prisoners of war under international law. “The visit will take place in the next few days,” a ministry spokesman said without giving further details. France has kept a relatively low public profile on the fate of its nationals held at the base in Cuba, although French officials flew there twice in early 2002 and have kept up contact ever since. Full Story

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