09 Aug

Khadr Trial Will Be a Window Into America’s War on Terror

Omar Khadr.

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by: Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers | Report

 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — Across his eight years in U.S. custody, Americans have seen Canadian Omar Khadr grow from a child found near dead in a war zone in Afghanistan to a brooding, weeping teenager and more recently a defiant young man spurning a guilty plea deal at Guantanamo.

They’ve seen him cast as, alternately, a child of jihad who hurled a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in battle in Afghanistan in 2002 or a 15-year-old captured far from his native Toronto and then tortured into confessing to a crime he now denies.

Prosecutors say Khadr, now 23, was an “unprivileged enemy belligerent” when he joined elders on a night mission in Afghanistan, planting mines. They call it a war crime……………………………….

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