Big News: US Closes Bagram Detention Facility

Big news out of Afghanistan—the United States has closed the detention facility at the Bagram Airfield.  The last two prisoners were turned over to Afghan authorities on December 10. The Pentagon told NBC News that it “no longer operates detention facilities in Afghanistan nor maintains custody of any detainees.”

The question now becomes: is the closure of Bagram a model for … closing Guantanamo?

For an earlier discussion of the release of detainees from Bagram as a model  for Guantanamo, see  Jen Daskal’s earlier post at Just Security.

For a discussion of the law and politics of closing Bagram, see  Chris Rogers’ earlier post at Just Security. 

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Ryan Goodman

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, former Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-2016). Follow him on Twitter (@rgoodlaw).