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TERRE HAUTE, Ind.  —  The man known as the ‘American Taliban’ will start his journey to freedom soon. 

Federal prison officials say John Walker Lindh will be released from the prison in Terre Haute on Thursday.

Lindh went to Afghanistan in 2000 to help the Taliban. U.S. military forces captured Lindh in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Lindh accepted a plea agreement in 2002 and pleaded guilty to supplying services to the Taliban and carrying explosives in commission of a felony. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

He will have to serve three years of probation after his release.

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