By Jane Sutton
GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba, March 12 (Reuters) - U.S. military prosecutors filed charges on Wednesday against an Afghan prisoner at the Guantanamo naval base who is accused of planting explosives and launching missiles toward a U.S.-occupied area in Afghanistan in 2003.
Mohammed Kamin, believed to be about 30, was charged with one count of providing material support to terrorism by joining al Qaeda and training at one of its camps to make and use small arms against U.S. and coalition forces.
The charges still must be approved by a Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war court, which has seen a flurry of new charges in recent months.
Kamin is the 14th Guantanamo captive charged in the revised military tribunal system created by the U.S. Congress in 2006 to try non-U.S. citizens on terrorism charges. Thirteen of those cases are still pending and the Pentagon is struggling to find enough military defense lawyers for them all.
Three of those charged were scheduled to appear in pretrial hearings this week at the Guantanamo base in southeastern Cuba, where the United States holds about 275 captives in the war against terrorism.
Prosecutors alleged Kamin trained to make remote detonators for roadside bombs and transported mines, missiles, rockets and tracking equipment to be used by Taliban or al Qaeda members against the American forces that invaded Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attack of 2001.
Kamin is accused of conducting surveillance on U.S. military bases, planting two mines on a bridge and launching missiles in areas occupied by U.S. troops and their allies around the Afghan city of Khost.
The charges do not specify whether anyone was injured with those weapons, but typically the military has filed more serious charges of attempted murder when injuries are involved. Kamin would face life in prison if convicted. (Editing by Jim Loney and David Wiessler)