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US Agrees to Hand Over Control of Prisons in Afghanistan

Department of Defense/Pfc. Jorge A. Ortiz, U.S. Marine Corps(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- In what's considered a major breakthrough, the U.S. has agreed to turn over control of all detention facilities in Afghanistan to Afghan security forces within the next six months.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai had been demanding the transfer as a condition for signing any long term strategic agreement with the United States.

The new deal guarantees that U.S. advisors will still have access to the detention facilities to ensure all prisoners are treated according to the Geneva Convention.  Organizations like the Red Cross and Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission will also have access.

Among the prisons being transferred is the one in Bagram Airfield, the U.S. base where troops burned Korans last month.  The incident sparked a series of protests and violent acts against American and coalition forces.

Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, will head a new commission that will supervise the handover, along with Afghan Minster of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak,

The first 500 prisoners are expected to be transfered within 45 days.

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US Begins Handing Over Control of Prison to Afghans

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The U.S. began transferring part of its new $60 million detention facility to Afghan control Monday, the first step in a year-long process to give Afghans control over a jail critics call “the next Guantanamo.”

The Parwan Detention Facility is one of the most modern on the planet, offering Afghan detainees extensive medical, dental, and even psychological care.  Inmates can meet their families and learn gardening, English, and sewing.

The idea is that an improved and transparent prison helps end the war.  It’s designed to stop the Taliban’s use of U.S. jails as a source of propaganda, to make it easier for the military to get intelligence from inmates and to help prisoners reintegrate back into society.

It’s a long way from the United States' Bagram prison, where two inmates died and the media was forbidden.

But the picture is not all rosy.  There are non-Afghan prisoners in Parwan, whom non-governmental organizations and the media aren’t allowed to see, leaving no way to know how they’re being treated.   U.S. officials say the non-Afghan prisoners provide a lot of the intelligence used to attack militant groups in eastern Afghanistan.

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