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Karzai orders takeover of U.S.-built prison
 
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai greet the press before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday.
President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai greet the press before signing a strategic partnership agreement at the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered Afghan forces to forcibly seize control of Bagram Prison, an American-built facility that the U.S. had agreed to transfer to Afghan control earlier this year. Karzai said the U.S. was in "serious breach" of the terms of the arrangement, because the U.S. continued to hold prisoners in a separate part of the prison. The U.S.'s only comment on Karzai's order was to say it respected Afghan sovereignty, but the incident is being seen as evidence that the long-volatile relationship between the two sides is fraying as they begin negotiating a status-of-forces agreement that could determine the U.S.'s role in Afghan national security for many years to come.

 

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