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Military lawyers assigned to defend accused 9/11 ploitters

The guard tower and concertina wire are silhouetted against morning sun at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo.
The guard tower and concertina wire are silhouetted against morning sun at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo. Peter Tobia / Philadelphia Inquirer / MCT

The chief defense counsel for the war crimes court at Guantánamo Bay on Monday appointed four U.S. military officers to defend four alleged co-conspirators facing possible death-penalty charges in the 9/11 attacks.

But Army Reserves Col. Steve David said he had not yet formally assigned a lawyer to defend their alleged ringleader, the reputed al Qaeda kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

The assignments had been seen as a key obstacle in the Pentagon's effort to move forward with its showcase Military Commissions prosecution -- a complex, six-captive capital case alleging they organized the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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