October 19th, 2010
02:56 PM ET

U.S. probes death of Afghan detainee

A U.S. soldier is in custody Tuesday as the United States launches an investigation into the death of a Taliban detainee who was found dead over the weekend in his holding cell in Afghanistan of an apparent gunshot wound, officials said.

The detainee was being held at an Afghan government facility in Kandahar province, according to a news release from United States Forces Afghanistan.

The man - described as a senior leader of the Taliban in Arghandab District - was captured Saturday and was being held temporarily at that facility while awaiting transfer to formal coalition custody, the military said.

"The U.S. takes very seriously any mistreatment of detainees," said Rear Admiral Greg Smith, director of communication for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. "Our forces are trained to uphold the rights of persons in custody and any violation of those rights are fully investigated."

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division has launched an investigation regarding the detainee's death, the military said.

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  1. atal

    Because he just pastes the comments over and over again it saves him thinking (something he is not good at)

    October 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Will this be another whitewash as I suspect with the military top brass just paying lip service to this incident? I'm afraid so.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just another Joe

      Your afraid so? afraid of what?

      October 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |