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Five Taliban released for Sgt. Bergdahl? This is how wars end.

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Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2014 The Monitor picks up AAN background material from 2013, on the “scant” proof available against four of the five now released Taleban prisoners on war crimes.

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The five Taliban swapped for Bowe Bergdahl

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CBS, 31 May 2014 As a background to the deal that freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl from Taleban captivity, the TV station uses AAN material on the five Taleban leaders that were meant to be swapped in 2012. The five Taleban leaders now swapped have not officially been named yet.

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Detainee releases prisoner to US-Afghan relations

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France 24, 14 February 2014 In an explainer about the release of 65 detainees from Bagram prison, the website of the French international TV refers to an AAN dispatch by Kate Clark: Under the 2013 Afghan/US Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – which has not been released, but has been seen by Kate Clark of the Kabul-based […]

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U.S. says freed Afghan prisoners are a threat to civilians, troops

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Los Angeles Times, 13 February 2014 Reporting on the disputed release of 68 prisoners from Bagram, the US daily quotes from a dispatch by Kate Clark, "an expert with the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network": "The U.S. may be right — in part — in claiming the Afghan government has violated the agreement" governing the transfer of […]

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Political calculations may trump evidence in Afghan prisoners release

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Stars and Stripes, 15 January 2014 Reporting about the Afghan-US “standoff” about the BSA and the 88 Bagram prisoners, AAN’s Kate Clark opins that it may be attributed partly to the bumpy transition from a wartime detention regime, which included indefinite imprisonment for suspected insurgents, to civilian rules, which demand that evidence be presented in a […]

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Ruttig: “Karsai will sein politisches Erbe sichern”

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Deutsche Welle, 10 January 2014 Text interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on DW’s website, explaining the background of the current US-Afghan debate about the release of 72 (of 88), according to the US view, high-risk prisonsers from Bagram (in German).

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Army ‘waterboarding victim’ who spent 17 years in jail is cleared of murder

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The Guardian, 21 June 2012 Article describes very familiar interrogation methods, but here they were used by the UK in their fight against the IRA in the 1970s. After 4 decades an appeals court has now thrown out a confession obtained through ‘water boarding’ and unlawful detention; luckily for the accused his death sentence was […]

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The Other Guantanamo 2: the Afghan State begins Internment

Kate Clark

Sources involved in the handover of Bagram detention facility from the United States to Afghanistan have told AAN that the Afghan state was due to start ruling on the internment of its own citizens there on 22 May 2012. The use of the US system of detention without trial by the Afghan government is probably […]

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Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

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Washington Post, 7 May 2012 The US have ‘for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees’ from Bagram military prison ‘as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. This so-called ‘strategic release’ program ‘has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces’. ‘Unlike at Guantanamo’, […]

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The Trouble with Torture: NDS, Special Forces and the CIA

Kate Clark

Fresh evidence of abuse in more than a dozen NDS and police facilities has been presented in a report by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and Open Societies Foundations (OSF). The allegations, which include testimony of security detainees being beaten, given electric shocks and having their genitals wrenched, were described by NDS as […]

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Torture By Music

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BBC, 26 March 2012 A British citizen who was released after two years in Guantanamo, and never charged with any crime thereafter, reports that the tirture technique he feared most was being tortured with music. Listen to a documentary that charts the progress of him, alongside other ex-detainees, campaigners and psychologists, as they attempt to […]

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The ‘Other Bagram’ (1): A Memorandum for handover

Kate Clark

President Karzai’s legal advisor, Nasrullah Stanekzai, has confirmed to AAN that there will be detention without trial of Afghans by Afghans when the Detention Facility at Parwan (DFIP), also referred to simply as ‘Bagram’, is handed over to Afghan government control, at the latest, on 8 September 2012. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by […]

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