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Afghanistan has a torture crisis—Trump must move to confront it

45 per cent of Afghan prisoners report being tortured or mistreated in custody. Not only is this deeply unethical, it is a global security issue

By Rupert Stone  

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

Afghanistan is collapsing. The Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001. Terrorist attacks, such as the huge car bomb that killed 90 people in Kabul last week, are depressingly common. To arrest this decline in security, Donald Trump looks set to deploy thousands more American troops.

But the country is suffering from another crisis, one that pundits and policymakers rarely mention: torture. According to the UN’s latest report, prisoner abuse in Afghanistan is at its highest level since…

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