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Trial of Accused U.S. Vigilantes Resumes

A defense lawyer for one of three Americans accused of torturing a dozen Afghan prisoners in a private jail showed a video in court Monday of Afghanistan’s former education minister congratulating the group and offering his help in arresting terrorists. In the footage, former minister Yunus Qanooni, an influential figure in the Northern Alliance that helped the United States oust the hardline Taliban regime in late 2001, is shown meeting with Jonathan Idema, leader of the counterterrorism group, and promising help. “Any cooperation, we are ready. We have a small security group,” Qanooni says on the tape in broken English. Another video appears to show Qanooni’s security forces coming along on a raid on the home of a suspect that Idema claims was plotting to kill the Afghan politician. Full Story

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