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Detention: Operations in Afghanistan

The Uncertain Future of Military Detention Authority as "Combat Operations" in Afghanistan End

Scooping his own speech tomorrow at West Point, President Obama today announced his decision on future US force levels in Afghanistan.  Assuming that the winner of the Afghan presidential election will indeed sign the new Bilateral Security Agreement (which both leading candidates have pledged to do), the US will:

- reduce its presence to 9800 troops for 2015, with

Detention & Guantanamo

Lessons on Detention from Capt. Patrick McCarthy’s Talk at MILOPS

I first met Capt. Patrick McCarthy a number of years back when he was the staff judge advocate down at Guantanamo and I visited the site for a day to see the detention facilities there. Capt. McCarthy is now the staff judge advocate at U.S. Pacific Command, and in this role has been the host of the MILOPS conference the years I have attended it. He is also, however, one of the military lawyers with the most experience in counterterrorism detention operations, so I listened to his talk on the subject at MILOPS this week with particular interest.

Detention & Guantanamo

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

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 process of unwinding US detention operations in Afghanistan. The U.S.

Detention & Guantanamo

The D.C. Circuit's Opinion in the Bagram Habeas Petitions

On Christmas Eve, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit handed down its opinion in a habeas appeal brought by three detainees held by the United States at Bagram Air Force Base's Parwan detention facility in Afghanistan. The opinion in the consolidated cases of Al Maqaleh v. Hagel, Amanatullah v. Obama and Hamidullah v.

Detention & Guantanamo

D.C. Circuit Dismisses Bagram Habeas Petitions

This Christmas Eve opinion, authored by Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson for a three-judge panel composed of Judge Thomas B. Griffith and Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams, affirms the district court's conclusion that it lacks jurisdiction to hear habeas petitions brought by detainees held at Bagram Air Force Base's Parwan Detention Facility.

Detention: Law of

Whither Hamidullah? Briefs on Bagram Habeas Petition Status Post-Repatriation

The briefing regarding the mootness of the habeas appeal of the now-former Bagram detainee, Hamidullah, is before the D.C. Circuit. Last week the U.S. government informed Hamidullah's attorneys that he had been transferred, along with five other non-Afghans who had been detained by the U.S. at Bagram Air Force Base, to the custody of the Pakistani government. So the D.C.

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