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February 18th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

U.S. reviewing Afghanistan detainee policy

Roger Hill, a former Army captain (right), meets with Afghan elders in Afghanistan with his interpreter next to him.

Roger Hill, a former Army captain (right), meets with Afghan elders in Afghanistan with his interpreter next to him.

Abbie Boudreau and Scott Zamost
CNN Special Investigations Unit

A controversial policy that limits the amount of time NATO troops can hold Afghan detainees is under review by U.S. Defense Department officials, a spokesman for the department told CNN.

The review of what's known as the "96-hour rule" is under way as CNN questioned whether the policy was putting soldiers in danger. Under the rule, NATO troops have 96 hours to either turn over detainees to Afghan authorities or release them - a rule put in effect to avoid Abu Ghraib-like offenses.

"We are currently reviewing the 96-hour rule, but have yet to make decisions about how we wish to proceed in light of some of the obvious problems associated with it," Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense, told CNN in a statement.

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