U.S. general: No dangerous detainees to be released to Afghanistan
March 9th, 2013
04:35 PM ET

U.S. general: No dangerous detainees to be released to Afghanistan

CNN Wire Staff

The United States has acted to transfer to Afghanistan's custody the prisoners it is holding in that country, but a top commander says those who pose a threat will not be moved.

The issue of custody of prisoners in Afghanistan has long been a sticking point between the two countries ahead of a planned withdrawal of American troops in 2014.

There was White House support to see the transfers through, but unease crept in after Afghan President Hamid Karzai said many of the prisoners are innocent and promised to release them.

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Blast near Hagel's briefing, killing nine
March 9th, 2013
07:56 AM ET

Blast near Hagel's briefing, killing nine

By Ben Brumfield

An explosion rocked Kabul on Saturday, hours after the newly appointed U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel landed in the Afghan capital.

At least nine people were killed and 14 others injured, police said.

A suicide bomber apparently targeted the Afghan ministry of defense, said Charlie Stadtlander, ISAF spokesman.

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