Amid Gitmo strike, ex-detainee tells of force-feed

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Ahmed Zuhair poses for a picture in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, June 14, 2013. Until he was released from U.S. custody in 2009, Zuhair and another prisoner had the distinction of staging the longest hunger strikes at the Guantanamo prison. Zuhair kept at it for four years in a standoff that at times turned violent. Zuhair, a former sheep merchant who was never charged with any crime during seven years at Guantanamo, stopped eating in June 2005 and kept up his protest until he was sent home to Saudi Arabia in 2009. (AP Photo)GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — For more than three months, the U.S. military has faced off with defiant prisoners on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, strapping down as many as 44 each day to feed them a liquid nutrient mix through a nasal tube to prevent them from starving to death.

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