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US military in Afghanistan overhauls prison procedures

Detainees in Afghanistan are lodging numerous abuse allegations against American soldiers, spurring fresh investigations by commanders amid major reforms in detention policies here, US military officials say. The new allegations, which some US officers here describe as opportunistic, come as attention to prisoner treatment has expanded beyond Abu Ghraib and Iraq to coalition facilities in Afghanistan.Last week, a former CIA contractor was charged with assaulting an Afghan who died last June while in US custody in Kunar Province. The latest allegations include claims that US soldiers have punched detainees or forced them to perform humiliating acts. While only a handful of cases of abuse in Afghanistan are now under formal investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), commanders are conducting lower-level inquiries into so many allegations of mistreatment that some military officials say they are “really slowing up the process.”Full Story

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