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Taliban fighter heard

| Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004

GUANTAMAMO BAY -- A high-ranking Taliban fighter accused of planning attacks on U.S. coalition forces went before a military review tribunal Saturday in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The prisoner, 58, was accused of leading a group of 12 members of the al-Qaida terrorist network and the ousted Taliban regime in planning attacks on U.S. coalition forces, said Lt. Gary Ross, a spokesman for the Combatant Status Review Tribunals.

It was not clear what the detainee said at his hearing. The military has not released transcripts of statements made at the review tribunals, which are meant to determine whether some 550 prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo are correctly held as "enemy combatants" or should be freed.

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