‘American Taliban’ Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

By MATTHEW BARAKAT

The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan in 2001 was freed early from his federal sentence on Thursday, despite official concerns that he retains a radical ideology and still poses a risk to U.S. interests.

John Walker Lindh, now 38, was released Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, under a series of post-release restrictions recently imposed by a federal judge in Alexandria,

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