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Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today he was shocked by a US army report on the abuse of detainees in Afghanistan, saying his government wanted custody of all Afghan prisoners and control over US military operations.
The abuse described in the report, including details of the deaths of two inmates at an Afghan detention centre, happened in 2002 and emerged from a nearly 2000 page file of US army investigators, the New York Times reported yesterday.
"It has shocked me thoroughly and we condemn it," Mr Karzai told a news conference.
A report of US military abuse of detainees in Afghanistan is deeply disturbing and those involved should be punished, the United Nations said today.
The abuse, including details of the deaths of two inmates at an Afghan detention centre, took place in 2002 and emerged from a nearly 2,000-page file of US Army investigators, The New York Times reported on Friday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, speaking before leaving on a US trip, said yesterday he was shocked and was demanding action against the culprits as well as custody of Afghan prisoners and supervision of US military searches.
US President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet at the White House on Tuesday (AEST) with Afghanistan's worsening security situation and the torture of Afghans in US custody likely to dominate talks.
The visit comes at a sensitive time in Afghanistan where at least 15 people were killed in anti-US protests last week sparked by a report in US magazine Newsweek - later retracted - that copies of the Koran were desecrated by members of the US military to upset Muslim prisoners.
In more recent days, US media reports gave graphic details of alleged abuse of Afghan prisoners at the hands of US soldiers, drawing sharp condemnations from Karzai and the UN special representative in Kabul, Jean Arnault.
President Bush on Monday said the U.S. military would "cooperate and consult" with the Afghan government in its operations to rout out remnants of al Qaeda, and over time wants to send Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay back to their home country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, at a joint news conference after meeting with Bush, said Afghans were upset over reports of prisoner abuse by U.S. troops but did not blame the American people as a whole.