NATO denies running secret prison in Afghanistan

20:39, October 18, 2010      

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The spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday denied media reports on existence of secret prison allegedly run by U.S. military in the war-torn Afghanistan.

"We refuse these allegations, there are no secret prisons in the country, and the U.S. force in Afghanistan is running a detention facility in Bagram and it is run jointly by U.S. and Afghan authorities," Brigadier-General Josef Blotz told reporters in a press conference here at ISAF fortified headquarters.

He also said that a program is underway to fully hand over the Bagram detention facility to Afghan government at the beginning of 2011.

Located 50 km north of Afghan capital Kabul, the Bagram airbase is the largest U.S.-led Coalition forces base in Afghanistan.

Section of media reported days ago that U.S.-led troops have been running a secret detention center in Bagram and mistreating detainees including deprivation of sleep and proper food.

Briefing reporters on recent achievements of Afghan and NATO- led forces in war on terror, the spokesman of over 140,000 foreign troops said that the Taliban insurgents are losing local support and are unable to secure the resources needed to conduct operations, adding, "This reflects expanding pressure on their supply lines and the increasing difficulties of securing local support, recruiting fighters and raising funds."

Without giving a figure, Blotz said dozens of Taliban militants ' fighters and commanders have been killed or detained over the past weeks.

"For example, Afghan and coalition forces raided a suspected Taliban headquarter compound for commanding roughly 300 insurgent fighters in southern Helmand province, last week," he further said.

At the same press conference an official with ISAF Susan Love said that on October 26 and 27 the Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus will be one of co- host of the ROC Drill in Kabul.

"Next week's ROC Drill, a military term meaning Rehearsal of Concept, is really special occasion and participants will include members of the Afghan government as well as Ambassadors and heads of development agencies from across the international donor community," she added.

Source: Xinhua


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