US says its military detained captured Afghan teens

December 8, 2012 23:31


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GENEVA - The United States held more than 200 Afghan teenagers captured in the conflict with al-Qaeda and the Taliban for an average of a year before releasing them or handing them over to local authorities, a US report to the United Nations this week said.

US authorities said the average age of those detained was 16. However, in nearly all cases their age was not determined until after the juveniles were already in custody at a US military prison at Bagram airbase and medically examined.

"Over the last several years the United States has captured more than 200 individuals under the age of 18 and held them at the Detention Facility in Parwan (DFIP)," said the report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, referring to the prison facility next to the Bagram base.

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