WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is preparing new rules that would allow about 600 prisoners held at an American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to call witnesses and submit evidence in their defense, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported Saturday.
Under the rules, expected to be implemented soon, prisoners would have military-assigned representatives charged with gathering evidence and calling witnesses on their behalf. That is similar to the process used at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Unlike those prisoners, the Bagram detainees have had no means to challenge their detentions - some of which have stretched for years - or to hear allegations against them.
The U.S. military argues that Bagram detainees should be treated differently because they are in an active theater of war.
FIVE SOLDIERS KILLED: Five Americans were killed Saturday amid a wave of bombings, ambushes and killings that swept across Afghanistan. At least 39 Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed in attacks Friday and Saturday, Afghan officials said. Three American service members died in west Afghanistan when they were attacked with a roadside bomb and then came under small-arms fire, said Chief Petty Officer Brian Naranjo. He said two Americans were killed in east Afghanistan by a roadside bomb.
ELECTION SHENANIGANS: After it determined that excluding questionable ballots in Afghanistan's August presidential election would force President Hamid Karzai into a runoff, the country's Independent Election Commission voted to allow them to be counted, commission and Western officials told McClatchy Newspapers. On Sept. 8, the commission announced a new tally that boosted Karzai's count from about 47 percent to 54 percent of the vote - enough for him to avoid a runoff.
Information from the New York Times, Associated Press and McClatchy Newspapers was used in this report.
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As of Saturday, 746 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:
- Army 2nd Lt. Darryn D. Andrews, 34, Dallas; explosion Sept. 4; Paktika province.
- Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher S. Fowlkes, 20, Gaffney, S.C.; died Thursday of wounds sustained Sept. 3; Helmand province.
- Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson Jr., 31, Columbus, Ga.; combat Tuesday; Kunar province.
- Marine 1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, 25, Virginia Beach, Va.; combat Tuesday; Kunar province.
- Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron M. Kenefick, 30, Roswell, Ga.; combat Tuesday; Kunar province.
- Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton, 22, Riverbank, Calif.; combat Tuesday; Kunar province.
- Army Sgt. Youvert Loney, 28, Pohnpei, Micronesia; combat Sept. 5; Abad.
- Marine Capt. Joshua S. Meadows, 30, Bastrop, Texas; combat Sept. 5; Farah province.
- Army Staff Sgt. Michael C. Murphrey, 25, Snyder, Texas; explosion Sept. 6; Paktika province.
- Army 1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten, 24, of Marianna, Ark.; combat Thursday; Konar province.