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Aug 26, 2012 1:47 PM by Matt Stafford

American Taliban fighter suing over group prayer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An American-born Taliban fighter is heading to trial in Indianapolis in a lawsuit over prison prayer that will examine how far officials can go to ensure security in an age of terrorism.

Thirty-one-year-old John Walker Lindh is expected to testify in federal court Monday in the lawsuit that challenges limits placed on group prayer among Muslims housed in a closely monitored unit at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.

Inmates in the unit are allowed to have group prayers once a week. Lindh says that violates his religion's requirement that they pray together daily.

Attorneys for the government say allowing daily group prayers would be a security risk.

Lindh is serving 20 years for supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government of Afghanistan and carrying explosives for them.

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