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Afghan president wants custody of prisoners after US abuse report

[JURIST] Afghan president Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] said Saturday that he wants custody of all Afghan prisoners after being "shocked" by US newspaper reports of prisoner abuse [JURIST report] released Friday. The US has over 500 Taliban and other prisoners in Guantanamo Bay [official website] and several hundred Afghans are currently believed to be held by the US in Afghanistan. Karzai has also stated that he wants control over US military operations inside Afghanistan, such as searches within homes for militants, which should not be taking place "without the consultation of the Afghan government." Karzai will meet with President Bush next week. Reuters has more.

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