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Reports of Abuse at U.S.-Run Secret Prison in Afghanistan

Washington Post cites two Afghan teens who say they were beaten by interrogators

U.S. media reports detail alleged abuses that took place at a secretive U.S. jail in Afghanistan, seemingly undermining U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to improve conditions at such facilities.

A report in The Washington Post published Saturday cites two Afghan teenagers who say they were beaten by interrogators while being held at the Bagram air base jail this year. They also say they suffered sleep depravation and sexual humiliation.

The Post says the detainees' claims cannot be independently substantiated, though human rights workers have reported similar abuses.

A separate report in the New York Times says detainees also were held, sometimes for weeks at a time at Bagram, without access to representatives of the Red Cross.

President Obama ordered the closure of secret CIA detention centers soon after taking office. However, the Bagram facility is run by military Special Operations forces, and is not subject to that order.