Enemy Combatant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A top Saudi official says a man held by America as an enemy combatant for nearly three years renounced his U.S. citizenship "the minute he arrived" in Saudi Arabia.

The Interior Ministry spokesman says Yaser Esam Hamdi's parents were in Riyadh to greet him when he arrived today.

The U.S. State Department confirms it sent Hamdi to Saudi Arabia. A department statement says the U.S. "appreciates the cooperation" from Saudi officials.

American forces captured Hamdi on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

US officials have said he no longer poses a threat to the U.S. or has intelligence value.

Under a deal with the government, Hamdi gives up his U.S. citizenship, promises not to sue over his detention, and renounces terror. And he can't ever travel to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan or Syria.

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