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Muslim GI Seeks Release From Military Jail

HeadlineSep 15, 2004

A U.S. soldier seeking conscientious objector status is calling on the Army to * release him from military jail*. First Class Sergeant Abd Allah Webster has been jailed at a U.S. base in Germany since June after he refused to fight against fellow Muslims in Iraq. His appeal for conscientious objector status was rejected in May because his objection was not to war in general but to the Iraq war in particular. Webster, who served in the Army for 18 years, is now serving a 14-month term for refusing to fight. His wife criticized the Army for giving her husband a harsher sentence that Jeremy Sivits who admitted to torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Sivits was given a one-year sentence.

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