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Karzai Criticizes U.S. Over Delayed Bagram Transfers

A general view of the Bagram prison compound
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized the United States for not handing over hundreds of Afghan prisoners at the Bagram detention facility to the Afghan government.

The United States officially handed over control of the Bagram prison to Kabul on September 10, ending a six-month transfer that began after a March agreement between the two countries.

But while some 3,000 detainees have been transferred to Afghan control, about 50 foreign prisoners and several hundred Afghans detained after the March agreement remain in U.S. custody.

Karzai said in a statement that Washington's decision to delay the handover of the remaining inmates was a "serious violation" of their March agreement and contradicts the "spirit of mutual friendship and the provisions of the bilateral strategic partnership agreement."