3. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Frank Wiercinski, Kandahar base Commander
"We have returned from that operation with no casualties, one-hundred percent, and have come back with bags of evidence that have to be analysed. We're not smart enough at this point in time to say what that evidence would suggest, but we'll pass that off to the experts, and they will be able to determine what comes from that."
4. Cutaway reporters, soldier answering questions
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Frank Wiercinski, Kandahar base Commander
"Equipment, military equipment, clothing, certainly books that were written in Arabic."
6. Cutaway US military cargo plane taxiing
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant Colonel Keith Warman, head of Kandahar detention centre
"There is absolutely no founding that any of the alleged mis-abuse of detainees occurred within the facility. To the contrary, I will tell you that the detainees on initial in-processing, and periodically throughout their stay, no matter how long that stay is - receive medical attention and just get physically checked out, and upon out-processing. And it is a matter of record that there were no extremes of any type of medical condition that they left with. As a matter of fact, and more to the point: many left in better medical shape than when they arrived."
The US military insisted on Tuesday that Afghans mistakenly taken in a special forces raid were not abused, saying they were in better shape when freed than when they were captured.
Nevertheless, the Pentagon said it will investigate reports that U.S. soldiers allegedly beat and mistreated captives from the raid on 23 Jan, one of the most controversial attacks in the US-led campaign.
US newspapers reported that several of the 27 Afghans captured, but later released, said US troops treated them so badly that some lost consciousness, suffered fractured ribs, loosened teeth and swollen noses.
At the US-commandeered airbase in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, where the prisoners were kept, Lieutenant Colonel Keith Warman said the claims of abuse were without foundation.
At a news conference, the commander at Kandahar base, Colonel Frank Wiercinski, also described the findings of a team who were sent to find out who was killed in a US missile strike on 4 Feb, amid concerns about the targetting of US strikes.
"Equipment, military equipment, clothing, certainly books that were written in Arabic," Wiercinski described the findings.