John Walker Lindh, known widely as the "American Taliban," has been released from prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Lindh was freed on probation after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence for providing support to the Taliban. He was captured during the invasion of Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 and returned to the United States the next year.

The bureau provided no further details, citing a policy against revealing inmate release plans for "safety, security and privacy reasons." A lawyer for Lindh, William Cummings, declined to comment.

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