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August 22, 2009

GENERAL ADVISES RELEASING AFGHAN DETAINEES

Tom Bowman, NPR - An American general has produced a detailed report that says as many as 400 prisoners at a U.S.-run detention facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan can be released, as there is little evidence against them and they pose no threat. About 600 detainees, mostly Afghan citizens, are being held in the Bagram detention facility. Many have been held for years, without any idea of the charges against them or access to lawyers. Maj. Gen. Doug Stone, a Marine reservist who ran detainee operations in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, wants the U.S. military to get out of the detention business in Afghanistan within the next 12-18 months, according to people knowledgeable about Stone's briefings to top U.S. officials. In his report, Stone recommends that the U.S. military and Afghan government revamp the detention system, focusing on rehabilitation rather than the warehousing of prisoners.

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