What Will become of the Foreign Detainees Held in the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan?

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.[1] The 50 men are accused of being “Al-Qaeda militants” and are from “Pakistan, Arab countries and Central Asia.”[2] U.S. officials do not wish to comment on whether they were caught in Afghanistan or elsewhere.[3]

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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>


Karzai Government “Talks” with Taliban – The Explanation

Dexter Filkins of the New York Times described the current situation between the Taliban and Karzai’s Afghan government perfectly: “The Taliban represent a premodern Islamist movement; the other is a Western-backed democracy …. President Hamid Karzai has insisted that discussions cannot begin until the Taliban agree to accept the Afghan Constitution and disarm. The Taliban have insisted that talks can’t start until Western forces leave the country.”[i]

 

Yet, in late September and the beginning of October 2010, reports came out that <Read More>


Handover 2.0: The U.S. Prepares to Transfer Detainees to the Afghanistan Government

In 2008, the United States and the Iraqi government entered into an agreement that laid out the “principal provisions and requirements” for withdrawal of United States forces from Iraq.[i] Article 22 of the agreement dealt with the transfer to the Iraqi government of detainees held by the United States. Individuals held by the United States were either to be turned over to the Iraqi authorities pursuant to a valid Iraqi arrest warrant, or released “in a safe and orderly manner.”[ii]

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