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US Hands Full Control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony handing over the Bagram prison to Afghan authorities, at the US airbase in Bagram north of Kabul. (Sept 2012 file photo)
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony handing over the Bagram prison to Afghan authorities, at the US airbase in Bagram north of Kabul. (Sept 2012 file photo)
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Afghanistan has taken full control of a controversial detention center from the United States.

Bagram military prison was handed over to Afghanistan in a ceremony Monday.

The transfer was scheduled to happen earlier this month, but was abruptly canceled just before a ceremony was to begin.

A NATO spokesman said then that the transfer would proceed once the two sides had reached a "full agreement."

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March 25, 2013
Afghanistan has taken full control of a controversial detention center from the United States.

A deal was finally clinched Saturday in a phone conversation between U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The U.S. partly handed over the high-security prison and around 3,000 suspected Taliban fighters to Afghan control last year.

However, Afghanistan's full control over the detention center has been repeatedly delayed over U.S. concerns that hundreds more Taliban fighters still in U.S. custody would be released.

Monday's transfer of control of Bagram prison comes a day after Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry announced President Hamid Karzai will visit Qatar to discuss the possibility of opening a Taliban office in the Gulf state.

Authorities say an office for the militants could help facilitate the negotiation of an end to the 11-year war in Afghanistan.

The meeting in Qatar is expected to take place within weeks.

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by: Brad Blinstrub from: IL
March 25, 2013 6:13 PM
The United States is controlled its Military Industrial Complex. It is only a democratic republic on its face. Inside the real controllers are never seen. It public leaders are all chosen. It stands to reason it will not allow the nation of Afghanistan to make any decisions regarding its own destiny. To my nations real "leaders", they know everything. In reality, a well read, independent man on the street, could do a better job making decisions.
Insiders in America's Military Industrial Complex are so insane with worry, that even when leaving they are making more insane decisions that will only leave the nation more embittered and ripe for retaliatory actions against the U.S. installed government.
The U.S.A. is led by maniacs.

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