Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr

By Michelle Shephard

A prize-winning journalist tells the troubling tale of Canadian Omar Khadr, who has spent 1 / 4 of his lifestyles becoming up in Guantanamo Bay.

Khadr was once captured in Afghanistan in July 2002 on the age of 15. Accused by means of the Pentagon of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. soldier Sgt. first-class Christopher Speer, Khadr faces fees of conspiracy and homicide. His case is determined to be the 1st battle crimes trial for the reason that international conflict II.

In Guantanamo's Child, veteran reporter Michelle Shephard strains Khadr's roots in Canada, Pakistan and Afghanistan, turning out to be up surrounded by way of al Qaeda's elite. She examines how his despised relatives, dubbed "Canada's First relatives of Terrorism," has overshadowed his trial and left him on my own in the back of bars for greater than 5 years. Khadr's tale is going to the guts of what is mistaken with the U.S. administration's post-9/11 guidelines and why Canada is accountable by way of organization. His tale explains how the shortcoming of due procedure can create sufferers and result in retribution, and rather than justice, gasoline terrorism.

Michelle Shephard is a countrywide safety reporter for the Toronto Star and the recipient of Canada's best journalism awards.

"You should be stunned, saddened and in spite of everything offended on the tale this web page turner of a ebook exposes. I learn it immediately via and Omar Khadr's plight is one you can't forget."
Michael Ratner, long island, President of the guts for Constitutional Rights

"Michelle Shephard's richly suggested, good written account of Omar Khadr's trajectory from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the cells of Guantanamo is a microcosm of the bigger "war on terror" during which the teenaged Khadr both performed the position of a jihadist assassin or tragic pawn or, maybe, either roles."
Peter Bergen, writer of Holy conflict, Inc. and The Osama bin weighted down I know

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The firing persisted. Sgt. Scotty Hansen hadn’t heard the decision and got here working round the nook, nearly tripping over Morris and Silver as he took hide. A Vietnam vet, Hansen had killed and noticeable others kill, yet that appeared a life-time in the past. Now, as he slumped down and leaned opposed to the wall clutching his gun, every thing was once various. He used to be a grandfather of five, nearing retirement, and beside him was once Morris, a pal of 2 many years wounded with a bloody rag held to his face. Morris had to be moved out of there. Hansen provided to take him to the “combat casualty point,” a sheltered sector approximately two hundred yards from the fighting that used to be targeted for clinical triage. With Morris secured at his part, Hansen lurched ahead and stored low, as Silver and the opposite squaddies laid down conceal fire. there has been absolute confidence the warriors outnumbered these contained in the compound. as well as Morris, Silver, Hansen and one other dozen infantrymen from Utah’s nineteenth specified Forces, there have been not less than ten infantrymen with the 82nd Airborne department and a half-dozen neighborhood Afghan fighters with adventure in guerrilla conflict and a life of fighting at the back of them. there has been additionally a handful of fighters from the elite Delta strength, the easiest counterterrorist troops the U. S. military has to supply. simply days previous, a Delta strength medic had kept the lives of 2 Afghan teenagers. Sgt. 1st type Christopher Speer had run right into a minefield to snatch the youngsters who have been injured by way of one of many explosives. He taken care of them until eventually he flagged down a passing ambulance after which stayed with the kids after one health facility refused to confess them. by the point he left them at a sanatorium run by way of Spanish medical professionals, he used to be positive they might stay. Speer desired to be a physician a few day yet in this morning as he crouched with the others surrounding the compound, he was once a soldier, and Delta strength have been knowledgeable to kill with attractive precision. even supposing he have been with the military for 8 years, this used to be the first time the twentyeight-year-old Speer had visible conflict. regardless of their quantity and ability, the warriors weren’t gaining a lot flooring. they'd to maneuver quick. information of the conflict could unfold, and if these within have been attached to al Qaeda or the Taliban, there has been a great opportunity reinforcements have been at the approach. the warriors had known as for flooring 2 “Shoot Me” help yet their base used to be greater than an hour’s force away. Who may arrive first? Too many males have been shedding. Morris was once hit the worst, yet others have been being dragged to remedy. Silver and one other commander with the Utah infantrymen made a decision. They couldn’t stay up for flooring aid. They sought after the realm leveled. Air aid was once summoned. mins later, the sky started to thump with the drumbeat of seriously armed Apache assault helicopters. The hulking flying tanks hit the objective, then retreated. however the partitions of the home, approximately 3 toes thick close to the bottom, have been remarkably resilient, and Silver, mendacity within reach, might pay attention shouting. “They’re nonetheless firing,” Silver yelled into his radio. because the smoke cleared, the subsequent wave of air aid used to be referred to as.

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