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the man nicknamed the American Taliban is set to be released from prison after seventeen years on Thursday , hello , John Walker Lindh was captured by American forces in Afghanistan in December two thousand and one dust was still settling from the nine eleven attacks American troops were fighting in Afghanistan and the hunt was on for a summer bin laden the weeks after September eleventh the indictment charges that Walker Lindh remained with his Taliban fighting group the twenty year old Californian converts to Islam immediately became an object of fascination and hatred for a country still coming to grips with the war on terror Americans wanted to know why one of their own appears to be fighting for the enemy John loves America we love America John did not do anything against America John did not take up arms against America he never meant to harm any American and he never did harm any American leaned converted to Islam as a sixteen year old he traveled to Yemen and then Pakistan to study the faith is instructor recalled his commitment to learning both the religion ends the local language , Lindh later joined the Afghan Taliban before the al Qaeda terror attacks of September two thousand and one unlike other Taliban and al Qaeda captives in the war on terror Linda was spared a trip to one tunnel back the US citizen was instead flown to Virginia and indicted on federal terrorism charges wind pled guilty accepting a twenty year sentence last month he was granted probation for the last three years of his punishment