'American Taliban' Lindh being released after 17 years

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan battlefield in November 2001 is being released from prison.

Thirty-eight-year-old John Walker Lindh has spent more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. His status in the inmate registry changed from scheduled for release Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to "unknown." His lawyer in Virginia, Bill Cummings, said "no comment, bye-bye" when asked if Lindh had been freed.

Lindh's plea deal called for a 20-year sentence, but he's getting out a few years early for good behavior.

His release has been opposed by the family of Mike Spann, who was killed in Afghanistan during an uprising of Taliban prisoners. Spann had interrogated Lindh shortly before the attack.

A judge recently imposed additional restrictions on Lindh's post-release supervision, including monitoring of his internet use.

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Pakistani army soldiers take part of search operation at the Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army soldiers take part in search operation at the Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army soldiers take part in search operation at the Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army soldiers take part in search operation at the Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers shift an injured man to a hospital following an attack by gunmen in the Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO /Hasham AHMED / AFP / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers shift an injured victim from the Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN - JANUARY 20: Blood stains are seen on the stairs of a dormitory after Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University's campus in the Charsadda town of Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on January 20, 2016. The Pakistani army on Wednesday assumed control of a university campus following a four-hour gun battle with militants -- after the latter killed 25 people, mostly students -- in the northwestern Charsaddah district near the Afghan border, according to a local official. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN - JANUARY 20: Blood is seen on the ground after Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University's campus in the Charsadda town of Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on January 20, 2016. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN - JANUARY 20: A view of a dormitory room, which was attacked, is seen after Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University's campus in the Charsadda town of Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on January 20, 2016. The Pakistani army on Wednesday assumed control of a university campus following a four-hour gun battle with militants -- after the latter killed 25 people, mostly students -- in the northwestern Charsaddah district near the Afghan border, according to a local official. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PAKHTUNKHWA, PAKISTAN - JANUARY 20: (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death.) Body of a militant is seen after Pakistani Taliban gunmen stormed Bacha Khan University's campus in the Charsadda town of Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on January 20, 2016. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Pakistani soldiers cordon off the site at Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in a Taliban assault on a university in Pakistan, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's army chief Raheef Sharif (R) arrives at Bacha Khan university following an attack by militants in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in a Taliban assault on a university in Pakistan, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers carry coffins at a hospital following an attack by gunment at Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. Gunmen have attacked a university in northwestern Pakistan, injuring at least three people, and are still on the rampage, security and school officials told AFP in the latest assault to hit the militant-infested region. AFP PHOTO / Hasham AHMED / AFP / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani police and onlookers gather in front of a hospital following an attack by gunmen at Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO /Hasham AHMED / AFP / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers shift an injured victim outside the Bacha Khan university following an attack by gunmen in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. Gunmen have attacked a university in northwestern Pakistan, injuring at least three people, and are still on the rampage, security and school officials told AFP in the latest assault to hit the militant-infested region. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani rescuers shift an injured man to a hospital following an attack by gunmen in the Bacha Khan university in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. At least 21 people died in an armed assault on a university in Pakistan on January 20, where witnesses reported two large explosions as security forces moved in under dense fog to halt the bloodshed. AFP PHOTO /Hasham AHMED / AFP / HASHAM AHMED (Photo credit should read HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
This photograph taken from a mobile phone shows Pakistani security personnel taking position outside the Bacha Khan university following an attack by gunmen in Charsadda, about 50 kilometres from Peshawar, on January 20, 2016. Gunmen have attacked a university in northwestern Pakistan, injuring at least three people, and are still on the rampage, security and school officials told AFP in the latest assault to hit the militant-infested region. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED / AFP / A Majeed (Photo credit should read A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)
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