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U.S. to Send 'Enemy Combatant' Hamdi Back to Saudi

The United States has agreed to release American-born, Saudi-raised Yaser Esam Hamdi after holding him as an “enemy combatant” without charges for more than two years, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. His case prompted a Supreme Court ruling in June on the limits of presidential power in wartime. Hamdi, who was detained at a U.S. naval jail in Charleston, South Carolina, will be sent to Saudi Arabia under an agreement in which he renounces any claim to American citizenship, which he held because he was born in Louisiana in 1980. Hamdi, 23, has been in U.S. military custody since he was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan in November 2001 and accused of fighting for the Taliban. Officials said he would be released within days. Full Story

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