U.S. Military Says Detainees at its Afghan Prison Are Kept in 'Best Possible' Conditions

February 26, 2006 - Posted at 1:43 p.m. CST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)_ The U-S military is defending its detention

of about 500 inmates at its main base in Afghanistan, saying they

are treated humanely and provided the ``best possible living


The New York Times today reports that inmates are held by the

dozen in wire cages at the Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. The

paper says some have been held for as long as two or three years

without access to lawyers or the chance to hear the allegations

against them.

The report cites unnamed military officials and former

detainees, and says the inmate numbers have grown sharply.

Colonel James Yonts, the U-S military spokesman in Kabul, won't

confirm or deny the reports, but insists they are treated humanely.

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