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Captured Al Qaeda, Taliban members not POWs: Bush

United States President George Bush has said that captured members of Al Qaeda and Taliban would not be treated as prisoners of war, putting to rest the differences among top administration officials concerning their status.

After his meeting with visiting president of Afghanistan's interim government, Bush told reporters that 'these are killers and terrorists and they are being treated humanely'.

"We are not going to call them prisoners of war. The reason is that Al Qaeda is not a known military. They know no country. If a country is weakened, they will occupy it like a parasite," Bush said on Monday.

He, however, added that he would be examining the legal issues concerning the detainees.

According to Bush, there were 179 detainees in Guantanamo Bay (in Cuba) and "There is a lot in Pakistan and a lot in Afghanistan."

"The US strongly supports Hamid Karzai's interim government and its commitment to the human rights of all its citizens. The US will help the Afghan government to provide security that is the foundation for peace," Bush said.

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