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ICRC Concerned for Detainees in Secret U.S. Jails

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday voiced renewed concern about an unknown number of detainees, rounded up in the U.S. global war on terror and being held secretly in various countries. Spokesman Eros Bosisio said that the humanitarian agency had asked U.S. authorities repeatedly for information on, and access to, such detainees, arrested in countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan over the past two years. Accusations that U.S. troops abused Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, triggered in part by a leaked ICRC report, caused an international outcry. Many suspected al Qaeda and Taliban fighters captured in the so-called war on terror are being held at U.S. facilities in Bagram, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but some are “held incommunicado at undisclosed locations,” according to the ICRC. Full Story

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