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Military looking to revamp Afghan prisons

NEW YORK (AP) - A published report says the U.S. military is looking to revamp its American-run prison system in Afghanistan.

The New York Times says the development is in response to concerns over detainee abuse and the military's belief that the Taliban is recruiting militants in the prisons.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent a confidential message last week to all of the military service chiefs and senior field commanders. It asks them to redouble their efforts to alert troops to the importance of treating detainees properly.

Plans call for the United States to finance and construct a new Afghan-run prison for the extremists. There's also talk of separating extremist militants from the more moderate detainees.


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