US: 200 teens have been detained in Afghan war

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NEW YORK (AP) - The United States says the U.S. Army has detained more than 200 Afghan teenagers captured in the war for about a year at a time at a prison next to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The U.S. State Department calls the detainees "enemy combatants" in a report sent to the United Nations on America's compliance with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United States says a few of the Afghan teens are still confined at the air base, which will be turned over to the Afghan government.

It says "Many of them have been released or transferred to the Afghan government"

The United States says most of the juvenile Afghan detainees were about 16 years old.

The Associated Press

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