U.S. Admits Getting Suspect from Man Held by Afghan Govt. The U.S. military admits it took custody of a suspected al Qaeda leader from an American man accused of running his own private war on terror in Afghanistan. The military says the detainee was later released when it was discovered he was the wrong man. Since then, Afghan authorities have charged Jonathan K. Idema and two others for taking hostages. Idema continues to claim he is working on orders from some of the Pentagon's highest officials. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Carlotta Gall of The New York Times.
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U.S. Admits Getting Suspect from Man Held by Afghan Govt.

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U.S. Admits Getting Suspect from Man Held by Afghan Govt.

U.S. Admits Getting Suspect from Man Held by Afghan Govt.

U.S. Admits Getting Suspect from Man Held by Afghan Govt.

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The U.S. military admits it took custody of a suspected al Qaeda leader from an American man accused of running his own private war on terror in Afghanistan. The military says the detainee was later released when it was discovered he was the wrong man. Since then, Afghan authorities have charged Jonathan K. Idema and two others for taking hostages. Idema continues to claim he is working on orders from some of the Pentagon's highest officials. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Carlotta Gall of The New York Times.