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US Transfers Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

An Afghan soldier, right, escorts a released prisoner, Mohammad Karim, following a hand over ceremony of U.S.- run prison to Afghan government in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2012.
An Afghan soldier, right, escorts a released prisoner, Mohammad Karim, following a hand over ceremony of U.S.- run prison to Afghan government in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 10, 2012.
Sharon Behn
The United States has formally handed over control of a controversial prison to the Afghan government, despite concerns about the fate of some of its inmates.

A small ceremony at Bagram prison outside Kabul Monday marked the handover of more than 3,000 prisoners from U.S. to Afghan authorities.  About 600 remain in U.S. custody.

Colonel Robert Taradash said coalition forces have ensured that those who would threaten Afghanistan would not return to the battlefield.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said that according to the country's law, foreigners don't have the right to keep any Afghan prisoner in the future.
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Bagram Prison, Afghanistan
Bagram Prison, Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai hailed the transfer of the prison and the inmates as a victory for his country's sovereignty.

U.S. officials say they have suspended additional transfers because of concerns about the intentions of the Afghan government.  It is not immediately clear what those concerns are, but they seem to have emerged after a meeting Saturday between President Karzai and General John Allen, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Rachel Reid with the human rights group Open Society Afghanistan says the Afghan government fears a "mini-Guantanamo" might result if the Americans get to hold third country nationals indefinitely in Afghanistan.

But a U.S. official, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Jamie Graybeal, said those so-called third country nationals are not covered in the March agreement.  About 600 detainees that remain in U.S. custody were captured following the March agreement that outlined the transfer of authority to the Afghans.  


Key Developments at Bagram Prison

2001: Bagram air base taken over by coalition forces
2002: Bagram becomes main US detention center in Afghanistan, two Afghan detainees die at prison, leading to abuse charges against several US troops
2009: US military review calls for overhaul of Bagram and entire Afghan prison system
2012: Deadly protests erupt after US troops inadvertently burn Korans at Bagram

Some 50 foreign detainees, mostly from Pakistan, also are not covered by the agreement and have not been put under Afghan oversight.  Afghan officials insist that all detainees captured by foreign troops must be handed over within 72 hours.

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by: George Douglas from: Fairplain, VA
September 10, 2012 7:15 PM
Obama is now placing all our troops in Afghanistan in danger. He is looking out for his Muslim friends, not our service men and women. He has just arranged the "accidental" release of all the terrorists in the prison. All it will take is a single bribe to that country's president.


by: Haron from: Afghanistan
September 10, 2012 12:47 PM
I think it will happen when an incurable person steal a telephone credit card in the city he will be hold in Bagram prison under Afghan Authorities. but when a person come from South or East to explode himself to kill innocent people and arrest by Afghan Authorities will be leave on street. this is a big achievement for government.


by: Clevelander from: OH
September 10, 2012 12:26 PM
Come on. we're turning over terrorists to their cohorts. Do you really think the Afghans are going to remain in jail very long. It takes a 1-sheep bribe and the guard will be too busy to care who walks out the gate.


by: David Thompson from: Doha, Qatar
September 10, 2012 11:57 AM
And tomorrows headline will read: 2999 prisoners escaped from Bagram prison while the Afghan guards slept on their watch. The one remaining prisoner states he helped all of them escape. He now wants to write an e-book!!!

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