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On January 22, the Army’s Special Forces Command announced that it had disciplined two soldiers for assaulting detainees at a Special Forces bases in eastern Afghanistan, and for failing to report the death of one of the detainees.
The administrative reprimands came as the result of an Army criminal probe spurred by a Los Angeles Times investigation by Craig Pyes and Times' staff writer Kevin Sack, in conjunction with the Crimes of War Project, a non-profit educational institute. Their investigation uncovered two detainee deaths and allegations of prisoner abuse that had been concealed by a Special Forces team of the Alabama National Guard from the military's chain of command and legal authorities. Pyes is continuing to follow these and other human rights issues as CIR’s Senior Correspondent.