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Al Jazeera English - News - Sami Al-Hajj Hits Out At Us Captors

Al Jazeera English - News - Sami Al-Hajj Hits Out At Us Captors
Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj has hit out at the US treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison where he was held for nearly six and a half years.

Saying that "rats are treated with more humanity", al-Hajj said inmates' "human dignity was violated".

Al-Hajj arrived in Sudan early on Friday, was carried off the US air force jet in a stretcher and immediately taken to hospital.

His brother, Asim al-Hajj, said he did not recognise the cameraman because he looked like a man in his 80s.

Iraqi prisons have fewer than 30 Saudi detainees, US official say : Middle East World

Iraqi prisons have fewer than 30 Saudi detainees, US official say : Middle East World
Riyadh - Fewer than 30 Saudi detainees remain in Iraqi prisons, the general in charge of Iraq's Detainee Operations, Douglas M. Stone, was quoted as saying Thursday. Stone told the Saudi al-Watan newspaper that US forces had already handed over some 20 Saudi prisoners to Riyadh, as part of a security cooperation treaty between Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

"We actively work along with the Saudi government to facilitate the process of sending the detainees back to their countries," Stone was quoted as saying in al-Watan.

At least 200 detainees from Arab countries are arrested in US prisons, said Stone - some 24 per cent of them Egyptians, and 23 per cent Syrians.

Terror Nation.

AFP: US Air Force planned nuclear strike on China over Taiwan: report The United States Air Force had considered a plan to drop nuclear bombs on China during a confrontation over Taiwan in 1958 but it was overruled, declassified documents showed Wednesday.

When he learned about it, President Dwight Eisenhower instead required the Air Force to initially use conventional bombs against Chinese forces if the crisis escalated, according to previously secret US Air Force history.

The president's instructions seemingly astounded the Air Force top brass but the author of one of the studies released said US policymakers recognized that atomic strikes had "inherent disadvantages" because of the fall-out danger in the region as well as the risk of nuclear escalation.