U.S. Detention Policies Continue to Define Counterterrorism Debate

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
8
312
Abstract: 
On June 8, 2006, the U.S. military released 33 Afghans from detention at Bagram Air base, handing them over to Afghan authorities. Approximately 500 detainees are currently held at Bagram. The great majority are Afghans from southern and eastern Afghanistan, where combat operations against insurgents are ongoing. U.S. military officials maintain that all detainees are suspected of being enemy combatants. Earlier this year military officials reported that 40 to 45 foreigners, many of them Pakistanis, were being held … [more]