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American Taliban Fighter En Route to U.S.

Wednesday, 23 January 2002 12:00 AM

He is expected to arrive at Washington-Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia late Wednesday.

The U.S. military on Tuesday moved Lindh, who also goes by the name John Walker, from a ship in the Indian Ocean to Kandahar in southern Afghanistan. From there he was flown to the United States.

The 20-year-old former California resident was captured alongside Taliban fighters near Mazar-i-Sharif in November. U.S. officials said Lindh is also charged with providing support to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network.

If convicted, he could face life in prison.

U.S. officials said Lindh would be tried in the same federal court in Alexandria, Va., as Zacarias Moussaoui, who is charged with complicity in the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the U.S. detention of 158 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners being held in open cells at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, saying they are in better conditions at the base than they were in Afghanistan.

Rumsfeld said the Bush administration does not formally consider the detainees to be prisoners of war, but U.S. forces are treating them in accordance with the Geneva Convention.

Red Cross officials visiting "Camp X-Ray" at Guantanamo Bay said they presume the detainees are prisoners of war.

Among the detainees are 17 Yemenis and three Britons. Yemen has asked the United States to allow its diplomats access to the Yemeni prisoners. In Beijing, Afghan interim leader Hamid Karzai arrived for two days of meetings with Chinese leaders.

China's foreign ministry says Mr. Karzai will meet with Premier Zhu Rongji and President Jiang Zemin for talks expected to focus on the future of Afghanistan and regional issues.

The Afghan leader flew into Beijing from Japan where he attended an international aid conference for his war-torn country. The two-day meeting ended Tuesday with pledges of more than $4.5 billion in aid.

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