Politics & Government

October 1, 2009

Task force created to combat al Qaida in Afghan prisons

The Obama administration took steps Thursday to confront a troubling al Qaida presence in Afghanistan's prison system, announcing the creation of a military task force to oversee detention operations there and naming a prominent military lawyer to be its deputy commander. The Afghan prisons, including a U.S-operated detention center at Bagram Air Base, help create future insurgents, McChrystal said.

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