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Tue Aug 6, 2013, 07:18 AM

Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military's 'Other Guantanamo

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Prisoners languishing in US-run Afghan prison will have no hope as officials admit there is no plan to shut it down

Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military's 'Other Guantanamo
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Published on Monday, August 5, 2013 by Common Dreams

The US military has no plan to close the infamous Bagram prison in Afghanistan—often referred to as the "other Guantanamo"—despite claims it is winding down the US-led war in Afghanistan.

“Is there a plan (to close the prison)? No," Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, told the Washington Post in a report published Monday.

Top officials admitted a few weeks ago that there is no end in sight to the prison. "Our impression is that Bagram will remain open even after U.S. combat operations cease in December 2014," Pentagon spokesperson Todd Breasseale told Rolling Stone in late July.

In March, approximately 3,000 Afghan inmates were handed over to the Afghan authorities, who in exchange gave the US permission to continue running the prison for "third party nationals."

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