Bagram: Who is Still Being Detained?

“After a while I lost all hope that I would ever leave Bagram. I accepted that I would never be free.”

Jibran, ex-detainee from Bagram[1]                              

This statement reflects the longstanding problems with the indefinite detention at Bagram. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, many individuals were captured by US forces to obtain information and restore the nation’s security. Today, there are over 50 people detained by the United States at Bagram with no release date in sight. The <Read More>

Is the United States Detaining Women in Afghanistan?

There is a vast amount of information that has become available about detainees at the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP) and the conditions that they face. However, if you are wondering whether or not the United States is detaining women at the DFIP or elsewhere, you will likely find that this information is not easily ascertainable. It is unclear if there are any confirmed cases of women currently being held by the U.S. at the DFIP or in other locations. <Read More>

An Analysis of U.S. Detention Numbers in Afghanistan

Bagram Theater Internment Facility (BTIF), a converted aircraft hangar, was the detention facility in Afghanistan from June 2005 through December 2009.[i] It has been described as a pale, concrete building, where remnants of aircraft-repair machinery left by Soviet troops were scattered throughout the prison grounds.[ii] There, prisoners were kept in six 60-foot-long cages surrounded by coiled barbed wire, with 15 to 20 detainees cramped in each of the cages at a time.[iii] BTIF was the principal detention facility used by <Read More>

Detainee Profiles

DETAINEE PROFILES (Co-Author: Claire Thomas)

The detainees profiled below have been the plaintiffs in various lawsuits relating to their detention in Afghanistan by the U.S. In compiling these profiles, we still have many questions with respect to their stories and the conditions surrounding their detention. For instance, we wonder why are these particular detainees involved in litigation, and not others? Are their stories representative of the detainee population in Afghanistan, or do they present unique circumstances?


Despite our extensive research, we are <Read More>