Afghan delegation visits Guantanamo Bay prison

March 10, 2012 - 11:15 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say an Afghan delegation has visited the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to discuss the proposed transfer of five Taliban prisoners to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.

The deal, which has not yet been approved by the U.S., is meant as an incentive for the Taliban to participate in peace talks.

A senior Afghan official and a former American official familiar with the negotiations said Saturday that the delegation visited the prison this past week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The delegation could not have visited the prison without U.S. approval, but a spokeswoman for the White House national security council declined comment.

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Gearan reported from Washington.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police official says insurgents attacked a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan and that two border policemen and three attackers were killed in the ensuing firefight.

Regional border police spokesman Edris Mohmand says insurgents assaulted the checkpoint in Lalpur district of Nangarhar province Friday. The area is near the border with Pakistan.

The assault resulted in a three-hour gunbattle between the police and the assailants.