MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla (October 24, 2011) — A detainee at the Detention Facility in Parwan died yesterday from an inoperable and terminal brain tumor. At the time of his death, the detainee was receiving medical care at Craig Combat Surgical Hospital, a nearby U.S. medical facility.
As a compassionate and humanitarian gesture, Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 worked with Afghan authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross to contact family members and arrange visitations with the detainee while he was receiving medical care. The family members expressed appreciation for these visits and the quality of care provided to the detainee.
The detainee’s remains are being treated with the utmost respect. A cultural advisor is assisting CJIATF-435 to ensure that the remains are handled in a culturally sensitive and religiously appropriate manner.