On Thursday, November 21, 2013, a council of roughly 3,000 Afghan tribal elders, civic leaders and other prominent figures gathered to debate the draft bilateral security agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States. The council, referred to as a loya jirga (which means “grand council” in Pashto), was called by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss and advise on the terms of the security pact. By the end of the four-day convention, the vast majority of the Jirga voted <Read More>
Persons detained by the U.S. at the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP), also known as Bagram, may pose a continuing threat to our security. But the nature of that threat, and how the U.S. plans to mitigate it past 2014, are unknown. Before the U.S. repatriates detainees, it requires security assurances from the host nation. The specifics of the security assurances are largely unknown, and likely changing. But they may be a deciding factor in determining whether the U.S. is <Read More>
Part II- The U.S. Point of View and Multiple Interpretations of the MoU
In Part I, I discussed the signing of the MoU and the response of Afghan officials to the issue of detainees captured after March 9, 2012. Now, let us turn to the position of U.S. and allied officials. The fact is that the U.S. continues to “process a steady stream of prisoners caught in night raids,” and the U.S. <Read More>
What Will become of the Foreign Detainees Held in the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan?
Following the September 9,2012 detainee transfer into Afghan custody the United States continues to hold 50 non-Afghan detainees in the American-controlled facility in Bagram and that number may increase. The 50 men are accused of being “Al-Qaeda militants” and are from “Pakistan, Arab countries and Central Asia.” U.S. officials do not wish to comment on whether they were caught in Afghanistan or elsewhere.
These men are not covered <Read More>
U.S. Refuses to Transfer Some Detainees in Handover to Afghanistan
The U.S. Demands That the Afghan Government Establish a Regime of Administrative Detention
The September 9, 2012 transfer of the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP) from U.S. to Afghan control was marked by controversy. In part one, this post will consider American insistence that Afghanistan implement a regime of administrative detention to alleviate the danger of the potential release of high value detainees. Part two will address Afghanistan’s <Read More>