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Transfer of US prisons in Afghanistan halted again

The long-awaited transfer of the US detention centre in Afghanistan has been delayed once again as a deal struck between the two governments broke down the day before a planned handover ceremony.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2013 12:23 IST

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Hindustantimes
         

The long-awaited transfer of the US detention centre in Afghanistan has been delayed once again as a deal struck between the two governments broke down the day before a planned handover ceremony.

As recently as Friday morning, Afghan workers at the defence ministry were arranging transport for dignitaries and journalists to attend Saturday's ceremony at the detention centre adjoining the Bagram Air Field, a US base about an hour outside of the capital.

Then on Saturday morning, organisers told journalists that the ceremony had been cancelled. Afghan officials declined to give a reason for the cancellation.

US forces spokesman Jamie Graybeal says details of the transfer still needed to be worked out and a full agreement has not been reached.

First Published: Mar 09, 2013 12:19 IST

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