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U.S. Returns 18 Guantánamo Detainees to Afghanistan

The American military has returned 18 prisoners from the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba to Afghanistan, the first large group of detainees suspected of membership in the Taliban or Al Qaeda to be released since the center opened more than a year ago, United States and Afghan officials confirmed today. The men were flown on Friday into Bagram air base, north of Kabul, and handed over to Afghan police officials on Saturday, officials said. A United States military spokesman, Col. Roger King, confirmed the release of the 18 from Guantánamo but declined to give any details about the men. The Afghan police transferred the men to the central police station jail, where they will conduct a screening before releasing the men this week, the deputy interior minister, Hilaluddin Hilal, said today. Full Story

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