Afghanistan’s Consultative Loya Jirga

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, a council of roughly 3,000[1] 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>


When Are Afghan Detainees Captured After March 9, 2012 Being Transferred? Part II

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,”[1] and the U.S. <Read More>


When Are Afghan Detainees Captured After March 9, 2012 Being Transferred? Part I

When Are Afghan Detainees Captured After March 9, 2012 Being Transferred?

This two-part report will focus on Afghan detainees who have been captured and held in U.S. custody after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, and have yet to be transferred to Afghan control. Part I will provide some contextual information, as well as the various views of Afghan officials. Part II will focus on U.S. and allied <Read More>


U.S. Refuses to Transfer Some Detainees in Handover to Afghanistan

U.S. Refuses to Transfer Some Detainees in Handover to Afghanistan

 Part I:

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>