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OLC Memo re: status of detainees under international law (draft memo)


This draft memo addresses the application of the Geneva Conventions to the conflicts with al Qaeda and the Taliban, in Afghanistan and in Iraq. The memo primarily analyzes which prisoners qualify as prisoners of war. The document concludes that al Qaeda members and the Taliban do not qualify, while people captured in Iraq "before the end of occupation (June 28, 2004)" do. [OLC Vaughn Index #137]