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U.S. lieutenant colonel accused of aiding the enemy

A U.S. Army lieutenant colonel is suspected of 9 offenses, including aiding enemy, the U.S. military announced Thursday.

Lt. Col. William H. Steele was accused of providing "aid to the enemy" by providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees, a U.S. statement said.

The other charges included unauthorized possession of classified information; fraternizing with the daughter of a detainee; maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter; storing classified information in his quarters; and possessing pornographic videos, the statement said.

Steele also was charged with improperly marking classified information; failing to obey an order; and failing to fulfill his obligations in the expenditure of funds, the military said.

The offenses were allegedly committed between October 2005 and last February, the statement said.

No further details were released and there was no word on where Steele was being held and whether a court martial has been set.

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