From Homeland Security NewsWire:
U.S. concerned about Karzai’s plan to release dozens of militants
6 January 2014
Just a few months after American officials transferred control of all detention operations in Afghanistan to Afghan forces, President Hamid Karzai’s administration has decided to release dozens of prisoners, despite objection from American and Afghan officials.
The New York Times reports that the list of prisoners includes insurgents who have attacked, and are still committed to attacking, Americans. The decision comes after Karzai refused to sign a long-term security agreement with American officials. Officials who support the proposed security deal are concerned that the mass release of militants could lead to a complete coalition withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014.Prior to handing over all detention operations to Afghan forces, American officials were concerned about a mass release of prisoners, but Karzai assured these officials that security would be maintained. The releases have not been finalized. The Afghan commission tasked with reviewing detainee cases at the military prison near Bagram Air Base, is planning to release more than eighty prisoners. “These are guys that are tied directly to killing and trying to kill our forces and Afghan forces,” an American military official said. “This is an issue of deep concern. It is serious.”... [Yes, emphasis mine]
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"It is serious." Ya think??? Anybody who is surprised by this news, has NOT been paying attention.
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