February 13th, 2014
02:33 PM ET

Afghanistan releases 65 prisoners despite strong U.S. objections

By Tom Watkins and Jethro Mullen

Citing a lack of evidence, Afghan authorities released from prison 65 men Thursday over strong objections from U.S. officials, who said they pose a threat to security forces and civilians.

"We took this decision according to our law," said Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the Afghan attorney general.

In a statement posted on its website, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul called the move "deeply regrettable," saying the Afghan government "bears responsibility for the results of its decision."

Abdul Shukor Dadras, head of the Afghan Review Board, said the attorney general ordered the releases from the Parwan Detention Center - formerly known as Bagram prison - after a careful review of 88 cases.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said some of the men are linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 American or coalition service members and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians.

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  1. Dan5404

    There are two things we will see when and if there is no residual US force in Afghanistan: a slow erosion of the national army as the Taliban take over again with the cooperation of Karzai, who is hoping to have his life spared in the mass executions by the Taliban of anyone that ever helped UN forces, women and girls who dared to try to be educated or have careers, government officials, etc. That's why he's freeing dangerous Taliban prisoners and working against the U.S. lately. The other thing is infiltration of the Al Queda groups to gradually build up training bases for attacks on the US and other Western interest, which, in the long run, could cost more lives than the military has suffered. It is a damned-if you-do or damned-if-you-don't situation..

    February 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  2. Bob

    And in other news... a car bomb went off outside outside the Kabul prison today killing 65 recently released inmates... A guys gotta dream...

    February 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  3. James Speckhart of WUSA9 News

    Our newsteam here at WUSA9 News plan to lobby Congres in getting American troops to retaliate against Afghanistan by kidnapping the children and elderly of the intruders and force them to strip nude and say the words "PRESIDENT OBAMA IS MY PERSONAL GOD AND PROPHET" and their nude bodies will be posted on the internet along with their social security numbers and personal information so that they will be domiciled to our American programs here in Washington, D.C. and that is good news. This way the good innocent people will learn our good American rules and regulations. Tis is Obama's plan to get American troops to invade the homes of al-Qaeda terrorists and clean out their bank accounts so the money will pay for military training here in America. We believe in martial law because it is justice.

    February 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Talk about right-wing nut jobs, this one(James Speckhart)above takes the cake! Aren't we butchering enough people over there as it is? Not according to this stupid, crazy fool above! If this nut job above gets his way, we'll be even worse than the Germans and J apanese have been during WW2! Enough said.

      February 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm | Reply
      • bitty31985

        Seriously. But we are getting there even without the crazy guy above. Our government needs to stop trying to take over the world and put our money where it should be... here.

        February 20, 2014 at 5:21 am |
    • bitty31985

      You can't be serious...

      February 20, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
    • Dan5404

      That rant is so demented and pointless, even another patient wouldn't understand it. Take an extra Prozac!

      February 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  4. AlGore StillLies

    ha, ha, haaaaa!!!

    too bad some countries still exhibit their own independent rule and enforce their own laws...like letting folk off jail if they should not be there.
    I have a question: What exactly is a threat to u.s. "national security"?
    Because the answer can be just about ANYTHING, the premise for the question is idiocy and u.s. taxpayers should not have to pay for it, nor u.s. civilians overseas have to be targeted for it by angry folk whose only resolution about the misdeeds of u.s. politicians is to take it out on an unwary u.s. traveler.

    February 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Actually, this idiotic war in Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with either our national security nor with any of our rights! It's only being fought to make a profit and get control of Afghanistan's underground mineral resources. We never had any right to be there in the first place!

      February 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • bitty31985

      Amen, well said :)

      February 20, 2014 at 5:22 am | Reply
  5. davecu

    Karzai is STILL a dead man walking.
    The taliban and the other weasels in that part of the world make our senate and congress look down right principled by comparison. He's going to be found here, and a little bit there.

    February 14, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  6. Fish

    This has gone way too far!!!! End the war now!!!!

    February 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • bitty31985

      It really does. It's obvious at this point that this is all for their war machine

      February 20, 2014 at 5:23 am | Reply
  7. USAPeasant

    Karzai showing his true colors yet again. Quite a sneaky one he is. How much longer are we going to trust someone like Karzai who is blatantly corrupt, in bed with the enemies of the world, and hurts even his own nation? How much longer are we going to be backstabbed by Karzai and continue to make excuses for him and our enemies?

    February 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • bitty31985

      Seriously? That's stupid. They have no charges?! How is that fair to these people?! Indefinite detention and no charges?! For a nation founded on Freedom, we sure have a lot of dictators among us.

      February 20, 2014 at 5:25 am | Reply
  8. George patton

    My hat's off to Hamid Karzai for making this decision. Who are we Americans to hold political prisoners without being charged anyway? And whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? At least 85% of these guys are not guilty of anything more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time!!!

    February 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • TJBPHOENIX

      Well put, George. I agree 100%.

      February 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • USAPeasant

      Only problem is much of those released are senior level terrorist leaders and masterminds and we know it. Even worse Karzai knows it. You take you hat off to him and don't even see the long knife he is holding behind his back for you. This is a reoccuring problem in the Afghaistan War. It's not even as big a problem for America as it is for Afghanistan itself.

      While you might think Karzai is acting nobly the rest of the world is not so easily deceived. Karzai is playing a sneaky game where he wants the US to protect him until 2022 so he can maintain his own personal power and corruption. At the same time Karzai thinks he can fight against America and make an ally with the very enemy that is slaughtering our people and his own. Even if nothing happens to America or the rest of the world, the implications for Afghanistan itself will be negative.

      February 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • bitty31985

        According to who? Oh they Lying Brigade? Yeah forget whgat you think you know. It's not true

        February 20, 2014 at 5:31 am |
    • bitty31985

      Amen!!

      February 20, 2014 at 5:30 am | Reply

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