U.S. turns over control of Bagram prison to Afghan authorities

Tensions simmered Monday as the main U.S. military prison in…

Tensions simmered Monday as the main U.S. military prison in Afghanistan was formally transferred to Afghan control, even as Afghan officials accused the Americans of reneging on parts of the handover pact.

The dispute bodes ill for relations between the American and Afghan administrations in the coming year, when much of the responsibility for running the decade-old war is to be turned over to the Afghans in advance of the end of NATO’s combat role. President Hamid Karzai’s government has been increasingly strident in asserting Afghan sovereignty even when U.S. or NATO officials have qualms about whether Afghans are up to a given task.

Authority over most of the estimated 3,000 prisoners at the Parwan Detention Facility, located at the sprawling Bagram air base north of the capital, had already been handed over to Afghan officials before Monday’s official transfer.

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