September 10th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Panetta and Karzai talk about stalled Bagram handover

By Barbara Starr, with reporting from Chelsea Carter

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai spoke by telephone Monday to discuss a brewing controversy over the handover of detainees being held by NATO forces inside Afghanistan at Parwan prison at Bagram Air Base.

"The Secretary and President Karzai did have a phone call earlier today and expressed a shared commitment to implement the terms of the memorandum of understanding on detention operations in Afghanistan," Pentagon spokesman George Little said, Little said the conversation was “cordial.”

Little would not discuss specifics of the dispute but a coalition official told CNN the US is holding on to several Afghan detainees because of concerns about whether Afghan authorities will properly handle their cases and under what circumstances they might be released.

The US is continuing to maintain custody of several prisoners of other nationalities which were not part of the agreement which was the linchpin in a larger agreement that outlines the gradual transfer of power from U.S. forces to Afghanistan as American troops prepare to withdraw.

Roughly 99% of the detainees in custody before the agreement was signed in March have been turned over to Afghan authorities, Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for coalition, said by telephone.

"We have paused the transfer of the remaining detainees until our concerns are met," he said.

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  1. Paul Eastham

    Hi there, I know this is a bit different but I dont know what to do..I have someone that works for Fluor in Bagram, Afghanistan. I would like to know how to speak to them..we have been in email contact but that is not often
    At the moment I dont know where to start. Ideally I would like to call them personally,, thankyou for you time,
    Regards Paul

    October 6, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  2. Robert Walton

    About the "Roughly 99% of the detainees we've turned over to Afghan authorities: how many have umm... "escaped?"

    September 11, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  3. saeed

    usa is looking to pick a fight someone should nuke usa and britain nuke israel also ireland, australia, new zealand, norway, denmark, sweden, nigeria also ghana also morocco also india and pakistan and turkey and thailand also every one that is in team with these loser nuke them back to the prehistoric age. hillary clinton said in vladivostok that they are going to give arms to the rebels if china and russia dosent remove assad i say give usa a jl-2 and df-41 icbm they both were tested last month in china and the test show the where flaless. im going to mess up these 2 little boys usa and britain so dont run to daddy.

    September 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  4. George Patton

    I don't believe that this handover will change a thing. Those malicious tortures will continue no matter what or who will be in charge. The right-wing news media has however, been quite successful at hiding this from the rest of the world. No wonder so many people around the world hate us like they do!!!

    September 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  5. michaelfury

    September 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply

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