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John Walker Lindh American Taliban Fighter John Walker Lindh American Taliban Fighter
Steven Clarke | 23 May, 2019, 15:31

He joined the Taliban before the September 11 attacks and was brought back to the US after being captured in a battle with USA -aligned Northern Alliance fighters.

American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh, described by a prosecutor as a "committed terrorist" who abandoned his country, is to be released early from a federal prison while some us lawmakers worry he still poses a security risk.

His plea deal called for a 20-year sentence, but he was released a few years early for good behavior amid concerns by U.S. authorities that he remains a potentially violent extremist. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., wrote in a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons late last week that was obtained by the Washington Post. "To that end, we must consider the security and safety implications for our citizens and communities who will receive individuals like John Walker Lindh, who continue to openly call for extremist violence".

Melissa Kimberley, a spokeswoman for the Terra Haute prison, could not confirm details of Lindh's release other than it would be on Thursday.

Among those who oppose his release is the family of Central Intelligence Agency officer Mike Spann, who was killed in Afghanistan during an uprising of Taliban prisoners.

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Lindh, who gained Irish citizenship while in prison, can not obtain a passport or travel overseas. He was killed in Afghanistan during an uprising of Taliban prisoners. Spann was the first to go into a compound there, serving as a prison, to interview Lindh, peppering him with questions about where he was from and what he was doing.

Lindh's release underscores the fact that, nearly two decades later, the USA war against the Taliban continues.

According to court documents filed in 2002, the government said that Lindh crossed the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban.

But a January 2017 report by the United States government's National Counterterroism Center, published by Foreign Policy magazine, said that as of May 2016, Lindh "continued to advocate for global jihad and to write and translate violent extremist texts".

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