The United States has officially handed over control of the controversial Bagram military prison to the Afghan government. Afghan President Hamid Karzai hailed the move in a ceremony on Monday, but there are still unresolved issues as the US still wants to have control over some of the prisoners in the detention center. The measure comes six months after Washington and Kabul signed a deal in which the US consented to give control of the Bagram Detention Center in the northeastern province of Parwan to Afghan forces. The transfer of more than 600 detainees, still in custody of the US forces, is among the unsettled issues.
The fate of more than 3,000 inmates, including 50 foreigners, has not been covered by the agreement.However, many view the transfer as a symbolic move as the US says it still retains the right to arrest Afghans. In May 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed reports of the existence of the detention facility at the Bagram Airbase. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but years into the invasion, insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in the war-weary nation. AO/MA/AZ