US drops charges against '20th hijacker' facing Guantanamo trial

The Pentagon is dropping charges against a Saudi at Guantanamo who was supposed to have been the "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11 attacks. Mohammed al-Qahtani was one of six men facing murder charges before a US military tribunal for the attacks. But US military defense lawyers confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that a Pentagon official had finalized the charges only against the other five, including the alleged architect of the attacks. US officials have said al-Qahtani was subjected to harsh treatment authorized by former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.