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U.S. Military Investigating Death of Afghan in Custody

The United States military has begun a criminal investigation into the death of an Afghan man in American custody in December, a death described as a “homicide” by an American pathologist. A death certificate, dated Dec. 13 and signed by Maj. Elizabeth A. Rouse, a pathologist with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, based in Washington, says the man died as a result of “blunt force injuries to lower extremities complicating coronary artery disease.” The Afghan, known by the single name Dilawar, a 22-year-old farmer and part-time taxi driver from this village in eastern Afghanistan, died in December while being held in the main United States air base at Bagram, north of Kabul. Details of his death have not been made public by the United States Army, which said simply that Mr. Dilawar had coronary artery disease and had died of a heart attack. He was found collapsed in cell on Dec. 10, shortly after being detained near the perimeter of an American Army base in southeast Afghanistan. Full Story

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