Thu Jul 8, 8:30 AM ET
KABUL, Afghanistan - An American general has submitted his report on a
network of jails at U.S. bases in Afghanistan where four detainees have died, but only part of his findings will be made public, the military said Wednesday.
Brig. Gen. Charles Jacoby has handed his
report to the top American commander in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. David Barno, for review, a spokesman said.
The U.S. military, under intense scrutiny for its treatment of Islamic militant suspects
, is looking into a new allegation of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan , a
spokesman said on Saturday. Major Jon Siepmann declined to give details but
told reporters the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, which has responsibility
for the U.S. Marines as well as the Navy, was carrying out the investigation. This
file photo shows Pul-i-Charki
prison near the Afghan capital of Kabul, where inmates also allege they were
mistreated by U.S. forces. Photo by Tim Wimborne/Reuters
"As soon as we're complete with staffing, we'll be able to release portions of that report," spokesman Maj. Jon Siepmann told reporters.
Barno ordered the snap review in May, as the scandal over mistreatment of prisoners in Iraq (news - web sites) prompted fresh scrutiny of growing complaints in Afghanistan.
Jacoby visited some 20 holding facilities, most of them at bases in the south and east of the country where 20,000 U.S.-led forces are battling Taliban and al-Qaida supporters.
The military said last month it was making changes to the prison program based on Jacoby's interim findings, but gave no details. Barno is expected to present part of his report this month.
The U.S. military said on Saturday that it has opened a fresh investigation into alleged detainee abuse, bringing to at least five the number of probes ongoing.
It has given no details of the latest case. Siepmann said navy investigators would submit a report "shortly."
Two detainees died at the U.S. military's main Bagram base, north of Kabul, in December 2002. Both were ruled homicides after autopsies found the men had died from "blunt-force injuries."
Prisoners have also died at its bases in eastern Asadabad and Girishk in the south, and at least two other prisoners came forward earlier this year alleging that U.S. troops beat or sexually abused them.