‘American Taliban’ John Lindh to be released after nearly 2 decades in prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — John Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison.

But conditions imposed recently on Lindh’s release, slated for Thursday, make clear that authorities remain concerned about the threat he could pose once free.

Lindh converted to Islam as a teenager after seeing the film “Malcolm X” and went overseas to study...

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