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"Non-selective" Continued...

Issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

Last man out

With U.S. troops set to exit Iraq by Dec. 31, the Obama administration is debating what to do with Ali Musa Daqduq, a Hezbollah insurgent and the last terrorist in U.S. custody there. Daqduq orchestrated the execution of five U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007. Experts warn that if he is released he will end up in Iran, chief sponsor of Hezbollah: "The Iraq war is the first conflict in modern history where the U.S.-having complied with the laws of war by promptly prosecuting American troops believed to have violated those laws-did not bring to justice a single one of the hundreds of captured enemy combatants who have killed Iraqi civilians, American soldiers and contractors," wrote former Justice Department official David B. Rivkin Jr. and Defense Department official Charles D. Stimson in The Wall Street Journal.

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