The Miami Herald reports an Iraqi prisoner accused of war crimes as commander of al-Qaida’s resistance against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan met for the first time Monday with the lawyer chosen by the Pentagon to defend him: A Marine lawyer who was part of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. The judge in the case, Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits, delayed Monday’s pretrial hearing until after lunch so Abd al Hadi al Iraqi could meet with Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas Jasper — and decide whether to accept his services as defense counsel. Jasper was assigned to the case Aug. 6 to replace an Army Reserves officer who had been working with the captive for about two years and is returning to private life. But Jasper only recently was cleared by U.S. military and intelligence agencies to meet with him. Hadi, in his 50s, is accused of classic war crimes punishable by life in prison — targeting medical workers and civilians as well as foreign troops in Afghanistan — of denying quarter, attacking protected property, using treachery or perfidy in a series of attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2003 and 2004.