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US tackled on al-Qaeda suspects

A New York-based human rights group has challenged America’s treatment of 11 al-Qaeda suspects it is thought to be holding outside the US. Human Rights Watch said prisoners were being denied access to the Red Cross and protection under international law, and it suggested torture had been used. A spokesman compared their treatment to the ‘dirty wars’ of Latin America when people ‘disappeared’ while in custody. A spokesman for the CIA declined to comment on the report. Key al-Qaeda figures like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected planner of the 11 September 2001 attacks, are among those being held as part of the US-led “war on terror”. Human Rights Watch, which based its 46-page report largely on news reports, acknowledged the need to bring terror suspects to justice but questioned the legality of the detainees’ treatment. The BBC’s Jeremy Cooke reports from New York that the well-respected group has delivered a damning indictment. Full Story

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