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Well-Known Terrorist Suspects to Be Charged, U.S. Says

Some of the nine who will be indicted in the next two months will be familiar names, an Army prosecutor says. The Defense Department plans to charge nine more detainees with terrorism-related crimes in the next two months, including suspects with names that “the American people will recognize,” a chief prosecutor said Friday. Army Col. Robert Swann — head prosecutor for the military commission system put in place to try detainees — would not say which suspects would be added to the list of 15 at Guantanamo declared eligible to stand trial. But by declaring that the names would be familiar ones, prosecutors raised the prospect that the government soon could charge “high value” figures such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, or Ramzi Binalshibh, the Yemeni who allegedly was his accomplice. Other possibilities include terrorist suspects known to be held by U.S. officials or allies, including Abu Zubeida, who was linked to a plot by a group of Algerians to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in December 1999, and Tawfiq Attash Khallad, the alleged ringleader of the bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in October 2000. Full Story

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