By Charlie Savage  Feb 21, 2009

The Obama administration has told a federal judge that military detainees in Afghanistan have no legal right to challenge their imprisonment there, embracing a key argument of former President Bush's legal team.

The Supreme Court rejected the Bush administration's legal view for prisoners held at Guantánamo in landmark rulings in 2004 and 2006.

Rights lawyers have been hoping that courts would extend those rulings to allow long-term detainees being held at United States military bases elsewhere in the world to sue for release, too. There are about 600 detainees at Bagram and several thousand in Iraq.

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