Karzai Orders Takeover of US-Run Prison at Bagram

Says America ignoring agreement to transfer detainees to Afghan authorities


Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered his aides to institute the "full Afghanization" of the U.S.-run prison at Bagram Air Base, charging that American forces are continuing to detain Afghans despite a bilateral agreement in March to transfer all detainees to Afghan authorities.

In a statement tweeted in the Pashto language from the presidential palace late Sunday after a meeting of security officials, Karzai complained that some prisoners ordered released by Afghan courts are still being held by U.S. forces.