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US accused of abusing detainees

An Afghan investigative commission has accused the US military of abusing detainees at its largest prison and said those held without evidence should be freed.

Commission members at a press conference repeated a demand made by President Hamid Karzai that the US turn over all detainees to Afghan custody.

President Karzai had charged the ad hoc commission with investigating the detention of hundreds of suspected militants held near Bagram airbase north of Kabul.

Commission head Gul Rahman Qazi said that prisoners complained of freezing cold, humiliating strip searches and being deprived of light.

The status of detainees is a key unresolved issue in negotiations to leave a small US security force in Afghanistan after most foreign troops withdraw in 2014.

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