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Document: Habeas Petition Challenging Indefinite Detention Under 'Special Circumstances'

The New York Times reports that Adham Amin Hassoun has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus challenging his current detention in an immigration facility in Buffalo, New York. Hassoun, a Palestinian who later moved to Florida, was detained in 2002 for overstaying his visa and convicted on material support charges in 2007. After serving his criminal sentence, he was then held in immigration detention.

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Sixteen-Year-Old American Islamic State Fighter Reportedly Captured in Syria

On Jan. 9, the People’s Defense Units (YPG) announced the capture of eight individuals, ostensibly foreign fighters for the Islamic State, in a series of operations conducted by the group near the town of Deir-ez-Zor in eastern Syria. Reportedly among the captured are fighters from seven different countries.

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Inching Closer to a Showdown Over the Fate of Captured Islamic State Fighters

More than 600 Islamic State fighters from a variety of countries are being held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, but no one thinks this situation can last. Frantic diplomatic negotiations have borne little fruit so far, and it appears a two-pronged stopgap solution may be in the works. Buckle up.

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Document: Judge Tatel Issues Extended Concurrence in D.C. Circuit’s Denial of En Banc Habeas Hearing

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a motion for an initial en banc hearing in Qassim v. Trump. Judge David Tatel issued an extended concurrence, questioning the Circuit Court’s adherence to habeas precedent. The full order, with the concurrence, is below.

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Doe v. Mattis and the Right of Citizens to Return to the United States

A joint status report is expected Monday in Doe v. Mattis, in which the United States and the ACLU are locked in legal battle over the fate of an unnamed U.S.-Saudi dual citizen whom the U.S. alleges to be an enemy combatant captured in Syria. The case presents lots of interesting legal issues, many of which Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck have covered with their usual insight and attention to detail (available here).

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The Latest—and Perhaps Last—Twist in Doe v. Mattis

The Doe v. Mattis saga has taken a significant turn, as the U.S. government continues to attempt to rid itself of the dual U.S.-Saudi citizen it has held in military custody in Iraq since last September (following his capture in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces): In a filing late this afternoon in the D.C.

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Document: Pentagon Inadvertently Recorded Phone Calls Between John Doe and Attorneys

The government has filed a notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Doe v. Mattis, informing the court that phone calls between Doe and his attorneys were inadvertently recorded by the Defense Department. The department writes that the one Pentagon employee who heard the phone calls has not discussed the contents with anyone and has been instructed not to do so. The contents of the calls have been downloaded to a CD, which will be shared with the ACLU and subsequently destroyed. The filing is available in full below.

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