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Afghanistan on Verge of Releasing 88 Former US-Held Detainees, Over US Objections

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Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

On New Year’s Eve the New York Times reported that the Karzai Administration has given preliminary approval for the release of 88 Afghan detainees who were once held in US custody in Afghanistan and who were transferred (along with hundreds of others) to the control of the Government of Afghanistan as part of the larger . . .
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Unwinding Detention in Afghanistan Hits a Rough Patch

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Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’ve posted many times on the gradual but inexorable process through which the United States is closing out its detention operations in Afghanistan, including this recent update.  It has been a bumpy road, and after President Karzai recently suggested that he would quickly release certain detainees once able to do so, it not surprisingly has . . .
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Detention in Afghanistan: The End Draws Closer

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Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The meeting between Presidents Obama and Karzai today appears to have produced an agreement that will revive the process of shutting down U.S. detention operations in Afghanistan.  As reported in the Wall Street Journal: With Mr. Obama at his side, Mr. Karzai said on Friday that the two have agreed on what he called the complete . . .
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Improved Prospects for a US-Afghan Security Agreement…But at What Cost?

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM

A few weeks ago, I noted a post by Chris Jenks arguing that negotiations for a US-Afghanistan security agreement might come to grief over the issue of criminal jurisdiction over U.S. servicemembers (much as happened previously vis-a-vis Iraq).  On that front, some interesting words from President Karzai yesterday.  This piece reports: Karzai said his key . . .
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The Increasingly-Uncertain Fate of Long-Term Military Detention in Afghanistan

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Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

A few years ago I wrote a paper about the cycle of detention law and policy over time in Iraq, and among other conclusions I observed that the sustainability of overseas, US-administered detention facilities established in the context of a large-footprint combat deployment is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the underlying deployment itself–and that sooner . . .
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NYT on Continuing Effort to Transfer Afghanistan Detention Ops

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The New York Times has this piece about continuing U.S. government efforts to transfer detention operations in Afghanistan to Afghan government control.  The piece does a good job of outlining the many obstacles — political, operational, legal, diplomatic, technical, and others — to getting this done.  It also highlights a tendency of President Karzai to . . .
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Plan Ahead for the End of Afghan Detention Operations

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Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

At one point prior to 2009, [Update: In my haste this morning, I erred by referring to 100,000 detainees in Iraq at a single point in time, when instead I meant to refer to the volume of detainees we held there over time; the maximimum at any given point in time, I believe, was in . . .
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Recognition of the Libyan Rebels, Conflict Status, and Detention Operations

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Friday, July 15, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The armed conflict in Libya began as a non-international armed conflict, but was internationalized when a host of states intervened against the Libyan government.  Now, the United States has joined a growing list of states recognizing the rebels as the legitimate government of Libya, which leaves no state party to the conflict on the other side . . .
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Al Maqaleh Update and the Boumediene “Factors”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM

The last time we covered the progress of the case that I’ll call Al Maqaleh v. Obama II (to distinguish from the first time this case was considered in 2008-2010, Al Maqaleh I), Judge Bates had just granted the petitioners’ motion for leave to file amended petitions for habeas corpus. Al Maqaleh, you’ll recall, is . . .
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Duke Law Discussion of Theater Detention Operations

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Some time back, I spoke at a panel at Duke Law School on detention policy alongside, among others, Michael Gottlieb, who had just completed a fourteen month tour as the top civilian official in Task Force 435 in Afghanistan. As I noted at the time, I found Gottlieb’s remarks especially valuable. Indeed, I have never . . .
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Building the Rule of Law in Practice

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Kandahar City, Wednesday, November 17, 2010 — Counterinsurgency (COIN) theory—for that is what my last post describes—is only that: theory. The current reality in Afghanistan is that the rule of law remains mostly just a worthy goal. To evaluate whether COIN operations here are, as Jack Goldsmith writes, a “weapon of war . . . that . . .
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