Back from the Shadows

Three weeks after 9/11 and two days before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, Mamdouh Habib was on a bus headed out of the Pakistani town of Quetta when police swooped and arrested him. What, they wanted to know, was an Australian citizen doing in this restricted border zone - a Taliban stronghold - without a permit? "Wrong place, wrong time," says Habib's lawyer Stephen Hopper: the Egyptian-born father of four, who planned to move his family to Pakistan, had simply been looking for business opportunities and a good Islamic school for his sons. But U.S. security agents, who soon took custody of...

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