Afghans Protest Clan Leader’s Detention

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Two weeks later, the capture and incarceration of a top elder of one of the largest tribes in the Pashtun ethnic group has brought hundreds of other elders here to plead for his release. Perhaps more importantly, Koochi’s high-profile detention has stirred Afghans to do something that hundreds of similar arrests by U.S. forces have not: protest that American soldiers are abusing their position by detaining Afghans in their own country without consulting local officials, without any legal process and without even an explanation.”