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U.S. Launches Criminal Investigation into Death of Detainee in Kandahar


International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan
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KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 19)
– A U.S. soldier is in custody following the death of a Taliban insurgent found dead in his holding cell Sunday in Arghandab District, Kandahar Province.

The detainee, who died of an apparent gunshot wound, was being held temporarily at an Afghan government facility under U.S. guard, awaiting transfer to formal Coalition custody.

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

The detainee was captured Saturday by a partnered Afghan-Coalition force during an operation in Arghandab district, and was known to be a senior leader of the Taliban network in Arghandab.

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division has launched a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the detainee's death. U.S. Forces Afghanistan will keep the Afghan government apprised throughout the investigation process.