US Hands Over Bagram Prison to Afghans – Sort Of

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:04 pm

The US has handed over the prison at Bagram Air Force base to Afghanistan, in the latest in a series of transitions to have the Afghans take control of their own security. The prison transfer was part of a bargain won months ago by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, hundreds of prisoners at the facility [...]

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 9:35 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement. The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will [...]

Another Koran Desecration Incident in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 12:15 pm

Earlier I took a look at how negotiations in Afghanistan on a long-term military agreement were breaking down because of resistance to night raids by US forces and US-run prisons. Associated to that is the fact that Afghans and Pakistanis, like most people I assume, don’t particularly like it when you kill their citizens and [...]

US Resolves to Deal with Non-Afghan Nationals at Bagram Prison

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:55 am

The focus on Guantanamo over the past couple years has been misplaced. In fact, the number of detainees there has been dissipating somewhat. The number of detainees at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, by contrast, has exploded, with detainees captured throughout the world moved over to Bagram – and shielded from any habeas proceedings [...]

Senate Passes Merkley Amendment to Speed Up Afghan Withdrawal

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 7:35 am

Yesterday, as part of the defense authorization bill, Sen. Jeff Merkley offered an amendment that would ask the President for an accelerated drawdown of forces in Afghanistan. It’s the kind of amendment that we’ve seen a number of times, though certainly a more modest version of it, and it always gets just a handful of [...]

Construction Contracts Point to Permanent Bases in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 1:49 pm

Walter Pincus was the guy at the Washington Post known for writing skeptical stories about the Iraq debacle that wound up on page A17. He still gets that level of respect today, even when he’s got better information than anyone else. In this case, Pincus advances the story of permanent bases in Afghanistan (I’m calling [...]

Polling In Afghanistan Turns Positive

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 7:04 am

I don’t know how much I trust any polling out of Afghanistan, and this particular one acknowledges that it couldn’t reach certain areas, but the trend line is positive, and I think everyone’s looking for something positive out of this country. Most Afghans are increasingly optimistic about the state of their country, a poll commissioned [...]

Thomson, IL Site To House Gitmo Detainees

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 6:34 am

Charlie Savage reports that the Obama Administration will select the prison in Thomson, Illinois, to house Guantanamo detainees: An administration official said President Obama had directed the federal government to proceed with acquiring the Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in a rural village about 150 miles west of Chicago. Gov. Patrick J. Quinn of [...]

Detainees At Black Jails In Afghanistan Allege Abuse

By: Sunday November 29, 2009 10:39 am

A pair of front-page stories from the Washington Post and the New York Times allege detainee abuse at a “black jail” in the Bagram prison complex in Afghanistan. The prisoners interviewed in the Times piece do not go further than sleep deprivation, while acknowledging that detainees at the black jail do not have access to [...]

CAP Report Calls For Postponement Of Gitmo Closure

By: Wednesday November 11, 2009 12:02 pm

There is perhaps no organization in Washington with a closer relationship to the White House than the Center for American Progress. Its President and CEO, John Podesta, co-chaired President Obama’s transition team, and dozens of former staffers have taken positions in the executive branch. When they put out a report, you can at least guess [...]

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