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U.S. Charges Two at Guantánamo With Conspiracy

Pentagon officials said Tuesday that they were bringing charges for the first time against detainees at the Guantánamo Bay naval base, formally accusing two detainees of conspiracy to commit both terrorism and war crimes against civilians. The detainees, who thus become the first candidates there to face a military tribunal, were identified as Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al-Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al-Qosi of Sudan. They were described in charge sheets, the equivalent of indictments, as senior members of Al Qaeda who had served in a variety of capacities for its leader, Osama bin Laden. The action of bringing charges against named detainees means that the military commission process that was first announced within weeks of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is, after many delays, about to be put into operation. No date was set for what would be the first United States military tribunals since the end of World War II. Full Story

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