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Torture On Tape: Video Shows U.S. Special Forces Observing Brutal Afghan Interrogation

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A video posted online Thursday by Rolling Stone shows disturbing footage of a detained prisoner whipped by Afghan security forces as what appear to be two American military officers look on.

The military’s Criminal Investigation Command, is investigating the incident, according to investigative reporter Mathhieu Aikins.

The two military personnel seen around the one-minute mark in the video have not been identified.

In the video, one of the Afghan captors can be heard asking the prisoner if he has any weapons, which he denies and is continued to be whipped.

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The video, says Aikins, fits in with the recurring pattern of abuse that detainees in U.S. and Afghan custody have endured and has been documented by the United Nations, Congress and human rights groups in Afghanistan since 2001.

While the main detention facilities in Afghanistan have been transferred to Afghan authorities, American military units are allowed to hold detainees for questioning for up two weeks.

U.S. President Barack Obama is currently in negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzzai to extend the Status of Forces Agreement, which would allow American troops to be legally stationed in Afghanistan to 2014.

The video had been making its rounds on Afghan social media pages, but has been removed, according to Aikins.

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Sources: Rolling Stone, Business Insider, Democracy Now