John Walker Lindh

John Philip Walker Lindh, popularly known by the name John Walker Lindh is an American citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the US invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001.

John Philip Walker Lindh, popularly known by the name John Walker Lindh is an American citizen who was captured as an enemy combatant during the US invasion of Afghanistan in November 2001. He was captured and detained at the Qala-i-Jangi fortress and used as a prison. He took part in a violent uprising of the Taliban prisoners, the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi. 300-500 prisoners were killed along with CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann. Lindh was brought to trial in the United States federal court in February 2002. He pleaded guilty to two charges according to his plea deal. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released on supervision on 23 May 2019. He is also known by other names, Sulayman Al-Faris, and Abu Sulayman al-Irlandi.

What’s John Walker Lindh’s claim to fame?

Faced a 20-year term after being charged with two counts of providing facilities to the Taliban and possessing an explosive during the commission of a felony.

John Walker Lindh was born in the United States.

On February 9, 1981, John Walker Lindh was born. John Philip Walker Lindh is his given name. In the United States, he was born in Washington, D.C. Frank R. Lindh was his father, and Marilyn Walker was his mother. He has two brothers and sisters. After John Lennon, he was given the name “John.” He was a devout Catholic when he was baptized. He was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is a citizen of the United States of America. Via his paternal grandmother, he is also an Irish citizen.

He had an intestinal problem when he was a child. At the age of 14, his health started to improve.

He went to Tamiscal High School and Redwood High School. At Tamiscal, he researched world culture, including Sunni Islam and the Middle East. He didn’t finish high school. By completing the California High School Proficiency Test, he finally received the equivalent of a high school diploma.

In 1999, his parents divorced. Malcolm X, a film directed by Spike Lee, left an indelible impression on him and piqued his interest in Islam. In 1997, he officially converted to Islam. He was 16 years old at the time. In 1998, he visited Yemen. He lived for about ten months and studied Arabic there. He returned to the United States after Yemen. In the year 2000, he returned to Yemen. He then went to a madrassa in Pakistan to study.

In May 2001, he traveled to Afghanistan to fight against Northern Alliance fighters for the Afghan Taliban government forces.

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After his foreign fighters unit surrendered at Kunduz after fleeing from Takar in November 2001, he was captured by Afghan Northern Alliance troops. At General Dostum’s military garrison, Qala-i-Jangi, he was scheduled to be questioned by CIA officers. During his CIA interview, he claimed to be Irish and did not disclose that he was an American. The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi, a brutal Taliban rebellion that killed CIA officer Spann and hundreds of foreign fighters, erupted. The Battle of Qala-i-Jangi saw only 86 prisoners survive. Lindh was hit in the right upper thigh with a bullet. He took shelter with a group of Arab, Uzbek, and Pakistani detainees in a cellar.

He was recaptured by the Northern Alliance.

On the 7th of December 2001, he was recaptured and taken to Camp Rhino. At the moment, the bullet was already lodged in his thigh. He was stripped and restrained on a stretcher, blindfolded, and put in a metal shipping container as a potentially dangerous prisoner affiliated with a terrorist group. For pain, he was given oxycodone/paracetamol and diazepam.

On the 8th and 9th of December 2001, the FBI interviewed him. On December 14, 2001, he was assigned to the USS Peleliu. There, his wound was operated on. On December 31, 2001, he was transferred to the USS Bataan and flown back to the United States on January 22, 2002.

Lindh was referred to as “some misguided Marin County hot-tubber” by former President George H.W. Bush in 2002.

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On February 5, a federal grand jury indicted him on ten counts.

Conspiracy to kill US civilians or nationals

Two counts of supplying terrorist groups with financial support and services

Providing services to the Taliban is one count.

Committing services to Al Qaeda is a conspiracy.

Providing support to Al Qaeda

A plot to provide services to the Taliban was hatched.

During violent crimes, using and transporting guns and destructive devices

Sentences and Conditions of Release

On February 13, 2002, he entered a not guilty plea to all ten charges. He was given a plea bargain in which he could plead guilty to two charges of selling services to the Taliban and possessing an explosive during the commission of a crime in exchange for a 20-year sentence and the dismissal of the other charges against him.

He took the deal and pled guilty to both charges. On October 4, 2002, he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

In January 2003, he was transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary, Victorville, a maximum-security prison. For a short period, he was placed in Federal Supermax ADX Florence in Florence, Colorado. As prisoner 45426-083, he is currently completing his sentence.

In January 2009, President Bush declined the Lindh family’s request for clemency.

On May 23, 2019, he was released from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. For good conduct, he was released from jail before the completion of his 20-year term. For the remaining three years of his sentence, he was put on probation.

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