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Canadian captive Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to all five terrorism charges against him at the U.S. war crimes tribunal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday, as part of a deal that would limit his sentence.

Terms of the plea deal were not immediately disclosed, but lawyers had reportedly discussed an agreement that would let Mr. Khadr serve one more year at the Guantanamo prison camp and then seven years in Canada.

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Here are some facts about Mr. Khadr and the charges against him.

* Omar Ahmed Khadr was born in Toronto on Sept. 19, 1986, and is the last citizen of a Western nation among the 174 foreign captives held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo.

* Mr. Khadr was 15 when he was gravely wounded and captured during a firefight at a suspected al Qaeda compound near the Afghan city of Khost in July 2002. Now 24, Mr. Khadr has spent more than a third of his life locked up with adult prisoners at Guantanamo.

* His trial, which began in August, was the first war crimes tribunal since World War Two to prosecute someone for acts allegedly committed as a child. His trial was suspended on the first day of testimony when his U.S. military lawyer became ill and collapsed in the courtroom.

* Mr. Khadr was accused of murdering U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Speer with a hand grenade during the battle in Afghanistan and making roadside bombs for use against U.S. forces. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiring with al Qaeda, providing material support for terrorism and spying on U.S. forces, and could face life in prison if convicted.

* A military judge ruled that Mr. Khadr's confessions to interrogators could be used as evidence against him, rejecting defense arguments that they were illegally coerced through torture and cruelty. A U.S. interrogator acknowledged trying to scare Mr. Khadr with tales of gang rape and death, while others said Mr. Khadr was hooded and chained to a wall at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. But the judge said none of Mr. Khadr's incriminating statements arose from those incidents and ruled that there was no credible evidence he had been tortured or mistreated.

* Mr. Khadr is the son of Ahmed Said Khadr, an alleged al-Qaeda financier and confidant of Osama bin Laden who was killed in a shootout with Pakistani security forces in 2003. The U.S. military says the elder Khadr sent Omar and his other sons to al-Qaeda training camps to learn how to use guns, grenades and other explosives.

* Mr. Khadr was the only person charged with killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, where more than 1,000 U.S. troops have died as a result of hostile action since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

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