On January 22, the Army’s Special Forces Command announced that it had disciplined two soldiers for assaulting detainees at a Special Forces bases in eastern Afghanistan, and for failing to report the death of one of the detainees.

The administrative reprimands came as the result of an Army criminal probe spurred by a Los Angeles Times investigation by Craig Pyes and Times’ staff writer Kevin Sack, in conjunction with the Crimes of War Project, a non-profit educational institute. Their investigation uncovered two detainee deaths and allegations of prisoner abuse that had been concealed by a Special Forces team of the Alabama National Guard from the military’s chain of command and legal authorities. Pyes is continuing to follow these and other human rights issues as CIR’s Senior Correspondent.

Craig is a correspondent for the Center for Investigative Reporting, and specializes in international investigations.

He shared a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting at the New York Times for stories on the threat of Al Qaeda prior to 9/11, and was a member of the small New York Times team that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for articles about the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.

Among other awards, Pyes has won the Overseas Press Club “Hal Boyle Award” for reporting from abroad, the Los Angeles Times staff award for best investigative reporting, an E.H. Shaffer award for exposing abuses by prison mental health authorities in New Mexico that were a cause of a bloody prison riot, and the U.S. Latin American Studies Association award for best coverage of Latin American affairs for the only inside look at Salvadoran death squads while they were still operating. The findings were validated years later by the United Nations Truth Commission report. In 2002, Pyes was also a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for a Los Angeles Times team series on terrorism.

Pyes has worked as an off-air investigative producer on projects for CBS Sixty Minutes, NBC Dateline, and ABC Primetime Live. He is the former co-Director of CIR's Human Rights Project. Before that, he was a staff investigative reporter for the Albuquerque Journal.