Afghanistan: New U.S. Administration, New Directions

Jihadi extremism in Afghanistan cannot be defeated unless the Obama administration adopts new political, economic and military policies that empower Afghan civilian institutions, says report

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Kenya: War on terrorism: Somali detainees tortured, treated inhumanly

At least 150 people, including children, were arbitrarily detained in Kenya between December 2006 and January and February 2007. Many were fleeing to Kenya from the conflict in Somalia. The individuals were first held in Kenya for several weeks without charge. The majority were denied access to a lawyer, consular assistance, the ability to challenge the legality of their detention … detainees were, allegedly, were tortured; conditions of their detention amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and … were interrogated by the intelligence services of foreign governments … whereabouts of others remains unknown and they thus remain the victims of enforced disappearance