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Canberra: Captured Australian Citizen in Afghanistan Trained With Al-Qaida - 2001-12-12


The Australian government says Afghanistan's Northern Alliance troops have captured an Australian man who was fighting with the Taleban militia.

Attorney General Daryl Williams told reporters in Canberra today (Wednesday) that the detained man underwent extensive training with Osama bin-Laden's al-Qaida organization. Mr. Williams said the 26-year-old man went to Afghanistan last year and had previously fought in the former Yugoslavia with the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Mr. Williams said the Australian appeared to be more involved with al-Qaida than John Walker -- an American who was captured recently fighting for the Taleban. But the attorney general said there is no information to suggest the Australian man had planned any terrorist attacks in Australia.

Mr. Williams said Australian federal police and intelligence officers have already spoken to the man's family. He declined to say if the captured man will be charged with any crime.

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