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Youngest Guantanamo detainee's trial starts Tuesday

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - It's been eight years since he was captured as a teenager on an Afghan battlefield.

And now, a trial is getting under way for Guantanamo's youngest detainee.

A U.S. military judge ruled Monday that the confessions that purportedly came from Canadian detainee Omar Khadr can be used against him.

The defense says the confessions were tainted by mistreatment.

Khadr was just 15 when he was captured in 2002.

His trial in the death of a U.S. soldier marks the first use of the war-crimes tribunals by the Obama administration.

Jury selection from a pool of U.S. military officers begins Tuesday.

Opening statements are planned for Wednesday.

Military prosecutors say Khadr was a willing fighter for al-Qaida.

Defense lawyers say he was forced into war by a family with close ties to Osama bin Laden.

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