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Washington, UNITED STATES: This undated handout photo received 27 April 2007 courtesy of Rewards for Justice shows Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. A top Al-Qaeda commander who led operations in Afghanistan and plotted the assassination of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has been taken into US custody, a Pentagon spokesman said 27 April 2007. Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi, who was taken to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba within the past week, was intercepted as he was trying to reach Iraq to manage Al-Qaeda operations and possibly plot attacks against western targets outside Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Whitman said al-Iraqi 'was one of Al-Qaeda's highest ranking and senior operatives at the time of his detention.' AFP PHOTO/REWARDS FOR JUSTICE/HO/ RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, presiding judge, Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits addresses Hadi al Iraqi, who presses a button on his microphone so he can respond, during his arraignment at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was arraigned on five war crimes charges, largely for allegedly organizing attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
In this Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dept. of Justice Mikeal Clayton of the prosecution attends the arraignment of Hadi al Iraqi, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. A military judge arraigned Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi on five war crimes charges, largely for allegedly organizing attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan. He faces up to life in prison. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2008 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. Military, a female guard, bottom, and male guard escort a detainee who carries a book from the detainee library trailer to the detention facility in an open air common area at Camp Delta 4 on the U.S. Military Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some prisoners in the highest-security unit of the Guantanamo Bay detention center have launched a protest against what they consider the religiously offensive use of female guards to move them around the U.S. base in Cuba, lawyers for the men say. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Dept of Defense official, a shackled detainee is transported by guards away from his annual Administrative Review Board hearing with U.S. officials, at Camp Delta detention center, Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A resolution of a dispute over the use of female guards inside the secret Camp 7 at the Guantanamo Bay prison will have to wait until at least January, a U.S. military judge ruled Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014. Navy Capt. J.K. Waits agreed to a request by lawyers for an alleged al-Qaida commander to put off a hearing on the issue at the U.S. base in Cuba, according to Army Lt. Col. Myles B. Caggins, a Pentagon spokesman. (AP Photo/Brennan Llinsley, File)
In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military a communal area in an unused portion at Camp VI detention facility for captured al-Qaeda and Taliban militants is shown during a tour at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
This image reviewed by the US military shot through a one way mirror shows guards moving a detainee from his cell in Cell Block A of the 'Camp Six' detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A U.S. Navy sailor passes by a sign at the U.S. detention center for 'enemy combatants' on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With attempts by the Obama administration to close the facility stalled, more than 170 detainees remain at the detention center, which was opened by the Bush administration after the attacks 9/11. The facility is run by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located on the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, which is the oldest American naval base outside of the continental United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) A U.S. military guard walks out of the maximum security section of the U.S. detention center for 'enemy combatants' on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With attempts by the Obama administration to close the facility stalled, more than 170 detainees remain at the detention center, which was opened by the Bush administration after the attacks of 9/11. The facility is run by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay on the southeastern coast of Cuba. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 16: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) U.S. military guards deliver lunch to detainees inside the U.S. detention center for 'enemy combatants' on September 16, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With attempts by the Obama administration to close the facility stalled, more than 170 detainees remain at the detention center, which was opened by the Bush administration after the attacks of 9/11. The facility is run by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located on the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, which is the oldest American naval base outside of the continental United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.) Portraits of the U.S. chain of command adorn the entrance of a military dining hall at the U.S. detention center on September 15, 2010 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With attempts by the Obama administration to close the facility stalled, more than 170 detainees remain at the detention center. The facility is run by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, located on the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, which is the oldest American naval base outside of the continental United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - SEPTEMBER 14: A sign stands at the U.S. naval base on September 14, 2010 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay houses the American detention center for 'enemy combatants'. The base was first established in 1903 and is the oldest American naval base outside the continental United States. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 03: IMAGE REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION U.S. Army public affairs soldiers escort journalists to the Northeast Gate, the only passage in the fenceline between Cuba and the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, October 3, 2007 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military and the Cuban military do hold meetings once a month at the crossing point to maintain good realations and to reduce misunderstandings between the forces. About 340 'enemy combatants' captured since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States continue to be held at the facility. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 03: IMAGE REVIEWED BY U.S. MILITARY PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION A large American flag is framed on the wall inside the Administrative Review Boards and Combatant Status Review Tribunals room inside the Camp Delta detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay October 3, 2007 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Not technically a legal process, the tribunals 'provide an annual review to assess whether the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay present a threat to the U.S. or its allies,' according to the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants. Based on the tribunal's reccomendations, 199 detainees have been approved for release or transfer from Guantanamo. About 340 'enemy combatants' captured since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States continue to be held on the island. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
ADDS NAME OF FORMER PRISONER - Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi from Tunisia, a former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, front left, carries groceries accompanied by a member of PIT-CNT, one of Uruguay's workers union, right, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. El Ouerghi is one of six prisoners who were held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay who arrived to Uruguay on Sunday as refugees amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison. (AP Photo/Ines Guimaraens,Diario El Observador) NOT FOR USE IN URUGUAY WEBSITES OR PUBLICATIONS - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY
ADDS NAME OF FORMER PRISONER - Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi from Tunisia, former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, holds an Uruguayan flag as he stands on a balcony in Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. El Ouerghi is one of six prisoners who were held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay who arrived to Uruguay on Sunday as refugees amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison. (AP Photo/Ines Guimaraens, Diario El Observador) NOT FOR USE IN URUGUAY WEBSITES OR PUBLICATIONS - NO PUBLICAR EN URUGUAY
An unidentified person shows to the press a pair of orange pants, similar to those worn by prisoners at Guantanamo, through a window at the residence where former Guantanamo prisoners are living in Montevideo, Uruguay, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Six prisoners held for 12 years at Guantanamo Bay arrived last Sunday as refugees in Uruguay amid a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the prison. Among those transferred was Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a 43-year-old Syrian on a long-term hunger strike protesting his confinement who was at the center of a legal battle in U.S. courts over the military's use of force-feeding. The Pentagon identified the other Syrians sent to Uruguay as Ali Husain Shaaban, 32; Ahmed Adnan Ajuri, 37; and Abdelahdi Faraj, 33. Also released were Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan, 35, and 49-year-old Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi of Tunisia. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Uruguay's President Jose Mujica, second left, speaks surrounded by labor leaders Marcelo Abdala, left, Marcelo Pereira, second right, and Defense Minister Eluterio Fernandez, right, during a press conference at the workers union PIT-CNT in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Mujica says the United States has guaranteed that six former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who arrived in Uruguay as refugees are not terrorists. He showed a document from the U.S. State Department saying there's no information that "the men were involved in conducting or facilitating terrorist activities" against the U.S., its partners or allies. Members of Uruguay's opposition had requested the release of the documents. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Former Guantanamo prison inmate Tunisian Abdul Bin Muhammad Abbas Ouerghi shows his Uruguayan identity card during lunch at a house in Canelones department, near Montevideo on December 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PABLO PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
A lighthouse and old migrants boats on the ground of the marine museum, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Sherburne County Sheriff Office, Zacarias Moussaoui is shown. Moussaoui, known as the "20th hijacker" in the 9/11 terror attacks is asking a South Florida federal judge for a transfer to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The request is part of a rambling, handwritten letter filed Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Miami federal court. He is serving a life prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2005 to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans. Moussaoui has been writing letters to courts around the country from his prison cell in Florence, Colorado, claiming inside knowledge about al-Qaida and the Sept. 11, 2001, plot. The letter filed in Miami repeats some of those claims. (AP Photo/Sherburne County, Minn., Sheriff's Office, File)
German-born Turkish Murat Kurnaz, a former Guantanamo detainee and author, gestures during a press conference on November 12, 2014 in Geneva after a session of the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT). The US delegation was asked to explain why the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba remains open, why many detainees remain there without charge and when Washington plans to shut it down. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
British Moazzam Begg leaves Belmarsh Prison in south London, after his release, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against the former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects. Begg, who has been in prison for seven months awaiting trial, had been due to stand trial next week on seven counts relating to the war in Syria. But in a last-minute reversal, prosecutors acknowledged that new evidence had emerged that undermined the case. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The six prisoners freed from Guantanamo are being resettled to Uruguay, instead of being sent home.
The original courtroom at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Male and female Army soldiers enter a facility on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in this photo approved for release by the U.S. military. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
People protest against "indefinite detentions" at Guantanamo Bay detention center and Bagram prison, in front of the White House, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
An entrance sign near the quarters for guards at the U.S. military detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Fox)
Cori Crider, lawyer of the Syrian national recently freed from Guantanamo prison Abu Wael Dhiab, speaks to the press outside of the Military Hospital in Montevideo on December 8, 2014. Six Guantanamo inmates transferred to Uruguay were to leave hospital in freedom after more than a decade in what one called the 'black hole' of the US military prison. AFP PHOTO/Pablo Porciuncula (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)
A soldier stands guard at the entrance of the military hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Six Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees are undergoing medical checkups before being released to begin new lives, the country’s defense minister said Monday, and one issued a letter thanking Uruguay for taking them in. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
TO GO WITH STORY BY OMAR HASAN-- Khalid al-Odah, the father of Fawzi al-Odah, one of two Kuwaiti detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay , holds his son’s picture, at his home in the Qurtuba district of Kuwait City on January 8,2012. Tens years since the opening of the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the families of remaining Arab detainees are tired of waiting despite US pledges to shut down the facility. Fawzi al-Odah and Fayez al-Kandari, the only two Kuwaitis still at the centre, 'may spend the rest of their lives in prison without trial,' said Odah's father, Khaled, who heads Gulf emirate's committee of the families of detainees. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/GettyImages)
Fawzi Al Odah of Kuwait imprisoned at #Guantanamo without any charge released after 13 years http://t.co/cYdmBN648p
Protesters dressed in orange prison outfits and black masks attend a demonstration outside the US embassy in Kuwait City on May 2, 2012, calling for the release of Kuwaiti prisoners still behind the bars at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. Fawzi al-Odah and Fayez al-Kandari (portrait) are the only two Kuwaitis still held at the US prison. AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/GettyImages)
Women attend a demonstration outside the US embassy in Kuwait City on May 2, 2012, calling for the release of Kuwaiti prisoners still behind the bars at the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay. Fawzi al-Odah and Fayez al-Kandari are the only two Kuwaitis still held at the US prison. AFP PHOTO / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/GettyImages)
This photo reviewed by the US military and made during an escorted visit shows a US naval medic explaining the 'feeding chair' procedures at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. The chair is used during the procedures of forced feeding for detainees in hunger strike. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo reviewed by the US military and made during an escorted visit shows a US naval medic explaining the 'feeding chair' procedures at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. The chair is used during the procedures of forced feeding for detainees in hunger strike. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo reviewed by the US military and made during an escorted visit shows a US naval medic explaining the 'feeding chair' procedures at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. The chair is used during the procedures of forced feeding for detainees in hunger strike. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo reviewed by the US military and made during an escorted visit shows a US naval medic explaining the 'feeding chair' procedures at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. The chair is used during the procedures of forced feeding for detainees in hunger strike. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Protestors demand the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, used by U.S. military forces to hold people indefinitely, in Times Square on May 23, 2014 in New York City. Organizers of the protest claimed the gathering was in coordination with protests happening in 40 other cities. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Protestors demand the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, used by U.S. military forces to hold people indefinitely, in Times Square on May 23, 2014 in New York City. Organizers of the protest claimed the gathering was in coordination with protests happening in 40 other cities. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Protestors demand the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, used by U.S. military forces to hold people indefinitely, in Times Square on May 23, 2014 in New York City. Organizers of the protest claimed the gathering was in coordination with protests happening in 40 other cities. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Protestors demand the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, used by U.S. military forces to hold people indefinitely, in Times Square on May 23, 2014 in New York City. Organizers of the protest claimed the gathering was in coordination with protests happening in 40 other cities. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Protestors wearing orange prisoners' jumpsuits hold signs as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors wearing orange prisoners' jumpsuits hold signs as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors hold a sign and wear orange prisoners' jumpsuits as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors wearing orange prisoners' jumpsuits hold signs as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors hold signs as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Protestors wearing orange prisoners' jumpsuits hold signs as they call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during a global day of action for the closing of the prison and the end of indefinite detention in front of the White House in Washington on May 23, 2014. The action comes one year after US President Barack Obama once again made the case for closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in a speech at National Defense University. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Tourists mingle with demonstrators urging President Barack Obama to fulfill his pledge to close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and end indefinite detention during a rally outside the White House May 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by several groups, including The National Religious Campaign Against Torture, CODEPINK, Amnesty International, the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, the protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of Obama's May 23, 2013 national security speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows the basic detainee belongings on display at a cell of 'Camp 5' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows the signs otside the fence of 'Camp 6' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the interogation room of the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military shows chains and handcuffs used at the medical center of 'Camp 5' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
This photo reviewed by the US military and made during an escorted visit shows a welcome board at the road to the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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By Annie Knox and Michelle L. Price

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An American soldier blinded in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there have filed a $44.7 million wrongful death and injury lawsuit against a Canadian man who was held at Guantanamo Bay and pleaded guilty to committing war crimes when he was 15.

Layne Morris of Utah and Tabitha Speer of North Carolina filed their lawsuit Friday in federal court in Utah against Omar Khadr, who signed a plea deal in 2010 that he committed five war crimes, including the killing of U.S. soldier Christopher Speer, in 2002.

As part of the deal, Khadr admitted to throwing the grenade that killed Speer and injured other soldiers, including Morris, who lost sight in one eye from the shrapnel, the lawsuit states. The Toronto-born Khadr is serving the remainder of his eight-year sentence in Canada.

Morris and Tabitha Speer are concerned that Khadr might get his hands on money from a $20 million wrongful imprisonment lawsuit he filed against the Canadian government, said Don Winder, a Salt Lake City-based attorney who is representing them.

"We don't know if he'll ever have any money, but we need to make sure that we're doing the right thing and the principles are right, Winder said, noting that Morris is dealing with his injuries and Tabitha Speer is raising two children without any income from her husband.

The lawsuit seeks damages for Speer's wrongful death and distress to Speer for suffering from his injuries before dying, in addition to damages for Morris and his wife. It wasn't immediately clear if any similar lawsuits have been filed against other detainees at Guantanamo, the U.S. naval base in Cuba.

It's unclear if Khadr has an attorney in the Utah lawsuit. Dennis Edney, a Canadian attorney who has represented Khadr, did not return messages from The Associated Press. He has said the facts of the plea deal are false and Khadr signed it so he could return to Canada.

Khadr's military trial drew criticism because he was captured at age 15 and seriously wounded during a four-hour battle at an Afghanistan al-Qaida compound in 2002. Khadr's lawyers and human rights groups contended he was groomed to be "child soldier" and should have been sent home for rehabilitation.

They said Speer died in a battlefield killing that did not amount to a war crime.

Khadr was prohibited under the deal from calling witnesses at his sentencing hearing who would support defense claims that he was a "child soldier," forced into fighting the U.S. by a radical father who was an associate of Osama bin Laden.

"The fact that the trial of a child soldier, Omar Khadr, has ended with a guilty plea in exchange for his eventual release to Canada does not change the fact that fundamental principles of law and due process were long since abandoned in Omar's case," Edney said in 2010.

Military prosecutors in the case portrayed Khadr as a dangerous terrorist. Khadr spent 10 years at Guantanamo, and was transferred to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence.

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