Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

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Americans Running Private Jail Held

Three Americans were arrested in Kabul June 5 for allegedly detaining seven Afghans in a private jail, a high-ranking Afghan intelligence official told the Saudi Gazette two days later. The seven detainees also were being questioned by authorities, the official added, although he did not say more about the officials allegedly involved in the interrogations. Roy Glover, an official with the U.S. Embassy, said Washington was aware of the arrests, but declined to comment further. Meanwhile, the U.S. military told the paper it had completed a third investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse at its holding facility in Afghanistan, and was awaiting "the release of its findings."

Turkey seeks to Relax Scarf Ban

On July 10, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wants to relax laws banning the use of hijab, or Islamic head-scarves, in private universities, AFP reported the following day. Erdogan's announcement came less than two weeks after Europe's top human rights court, the European Court of Human Rights, ruled Istanbul University was justified to expel a veiled student. …

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