A minor brou-ha-ha has sprung up in Canuckistan regarding the status of Taliban prisoners and other assorted "detainees" taken by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. The official position given by the Canadian government is that while these people are in the custody of the CF, they will be afforded the treatment dictated for Prisoners Of War (PW), but will not be officially recognized as PW. The rationale is that they do not meet the criteria to be considered PW, but rather, if Afghani are rebels against a duly constitued and lawful government or if foreign nationals in Afghanistan are nothing more than terrorists. Once processed by the CF, all these folks are turned over to Afghan authorities. Apparently, our left-leaning opposition was opposed to our handing over detainees to the US (I'm sure the Afghan prisons are much nicer and respect human rights more than their US counterparts - the Taliban might want to send our lefties a thank-you note). So, basically these folks are afforded the level of treatment dictated for PW, but simply do not meet the criteria to be considered PW and hence are not designated as PW. Seems pretty simple, and it is a policy I agree with. Have similar discussions about detainees taken place in the UK/US/other nations regarding ops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are most countries citizens as ill-informed about the Geneva Convention regarding PW as Canadians seem to be? What are the views of members here? Do you believe these detainees are PW or simply rebels/terrorists?