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ACLU challenges detention of American captured in Syria


October 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday challenged the detention of a U.S. citizen who was picked up on the Syrian battlefield for allegedly fighting with Islamic State militants. The Pentagon insisted it was holding the man legally.

The unidentified American, who has not been charged, surrendered to a U.S.-backed militant group in Syria around Sept. 12. He has been detained in Iraq since then as an unlawful enemy combatant, according to U.S. officials.

"He's being held in secret without access to counsel or a court," said Jonathan Hafetz, a senior staff attorney...

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