U.S. moves prisoners from Afghan prison to Pakistan, Yemen

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 27, 2014 2:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has moved additional prisoners out of a small military prison in Afghanistan, bringing the number of people remaining at the U.S. detention center near the Afghan capital to under 30, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Nine prisoners were sent to Pakistan last week from the Parwan detention center, located on a military base near Kabul, said Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins III, a U.S. military spokesman.

Another two prisoners were sent to Yemen this week, Caggins added.

The Obama administration has been moving prisoners out of Parwan in step with its gradual military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Detainee transfers from the secretive prison are not regularly disclosed.

(Reporting by Missy Ryan)