Afghanistan Sets 65 Terrorists FreeCourtesy: US Defense Department
Despite the US’ warning that the 65 terrorists who have helped carry out attacks against coalition forces should not be released, Afghanistan had them released. Witnesses say the terrorists laughed as they left the prison. This brings further strain between the US and Afghan governments. The US is worried that many of these individuals will return to the field of battle and carry out more attacks against the US.
The Afghan government has released 65 detainees from a former American prison despite protests from the U.S. military over concerns the “dangerous” fighters will return to the battlefield to kill coalition and Afghan forces.
Maj. Nimatullah Khaki, a spokesman for the Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Air Base, said all 65 were freed on Thursday morning. He said they were laughing and smiling as they boarded a bus to leave the facility.
President Hamid Karzai ordered their release several weeks ago from prison facility, drawing angry denunciations from the U.S. and straining relations between the two countries ahead of the year-end withdrawal of most international combat troops.
The U.S. military strongly condemned Thursday’s release, saying some of those set free were directly linked to attacks that have killed or wounded 32 U.S. or coalition personnel and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians.