(WASHINGTON) — After negotiations and delays, the International Security Assistance Force has turned control of Bagram detention facility to the Afghan government.
The prison was a main topic of conversation when Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel traveled to Afghanistan earlier this month. Previous attempts to hand over the detention facility were delayed by concerns that Afghan officials would release high-risk detainees.
According to the New York Times, Bagram was the only remaining American prison for long-term detention in Afghanistan, and the agreement to turn over control is a key to widning down the war in Afghanistan.
A Pentagon spokesman told the Times that, “the transfer will be carried out in a way that ensures the safety of the Afghan people and coalition forces by keeping dangerous individuals detained in a secure and humane manner in accordance with Afghan law.”
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