US considers ‘new Gitmo’ near Kabul


The American detention centre at Bagram, in Afghanistan, could be expanded into a Guantanamo-style prison for terrorist suspects detained around the world. This is one of the options being considered as US officials try to find an alternative to Guantanamo Bay, which President Barack Obama promised to close within a year of taking office. The continued use of the prison in Cuba has presented Mr Obama with an embarrassing dilemma because of the difficulty of finding somewhere acceptable to imprison those considered to be the most dangerous detainees. A decision to send al-Qa’ida suspects detained in countries such as Yemen and Somalia to Bagram, north of Kabul, would be highly controversial. General Stanley McChrystal, the American commander in Afghanistan, has already voiced his opposition, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, because of the negative publicity it would generate.