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.

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force, Gen. Joseph Dunford, stated unequivocally Saturday that the United States will ensure than anyone deemed a threat remains detained. The ISAF is under the NATO umbrella.

"I think there's probably a difference of opinion," Dunford said, referring to Karzai's assertion that many prisoners are innocent. "We certainly don't have anyone in the detention facility that we think doesn't deserve to be there, in order to protect our forces."

As recently this week, Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that he supports the transfer of prisoners in part because there is a "dual-key" system where both countries have a say in who is released.

Dunford said the United States would do what it takes to keep certain detainees in prison.

"If there's a threat to the force, we will not conduct the transfer," he said. "One thing that we will do is ensure that the young men and women that are over here in harm's way are provided adequate protection. If there are people that need to be detained, we will make sure they are detained."

The ISAF commander also addressed a disparity in numbers being suggested for U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan past 2014. The White House has talked about 5,000 troops, while Mattis recently called for 13,600 troops.

No decision has been made on how many troops will remain and are under review, he said.

"Gen. Mattis and I have never talked specific numbers. I'm in the process now of answering some questions and making some recommendations," Dunford said.

Dunford said he met with Karzai on Saturday to discuss another issue between the two countries, the order by Karzai for U.S. Special Forces withdraw from

Wardak Province, which is just west of the capital of Kabul, by this week.

There is still room for compromise, he said.

"His minister of defense was there, and we agreed to continue to work this issue with his minister, to ensure that we have adequate protection for the force, that we were gonna accomplish our security mission in Wardak, and also meet his concerns about moving Afghan forces in the lead," he said.

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    March 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  5. eyetweaks

    If there are non dangerous detainers detained why are we detaining non violent offenders without just cause and no trials?

    March 11, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  6. sand

    2 usa soldier got killed to day all the champagne bottle in my house open up what a great news dead usa people nothing is sweeter these soldiers truly expericned real hell when they were slain and tortured to death in the most horrifc and nightmarish way. taliban are real great people.

    March 11, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • sand

      5 moore usa soldier got killed i need some moore champagne going to buy some and open all of them this is another great news taliban are the greatest people.

      March 12, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
  7. SecretSquirrel

    Are there any detainees who aren't "dangerous?" Isn't that why they were detained in the first place?

    March 11, 2013 at 8:37 am | Reply
  8. brown

    The most dangerous do not live in Afghanistan or Guantanamo, they live in America and support the
    all powerful jewish special interest lobby known as AIPAC.

    Here are some ot the cool things AIPAC has done for America:

    AIPAC policies brought you September 11, 2001
    Iraq War – 2003
    Iran War – 20??

    Keep on re-electing your AIPAC owned Congressman.

    March 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
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        March 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  9. George Patton-2

    look at those people in picture, after spending time in American run prisons, they seem healthy and clean, like well dressed, well mannered school kids; the same people, had they fallen into hands of Pakistani ISI, a government run terrorist organization, or Taliban, they would have turned into mad dogs, killing people. So please keep them in prisons as long as they live, and give them opportunities to spend healthier and peaceful life.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:56 am | Reply
  10. massoud

    I wonder how many dangerous Taliban fighters freedoms were paid for to be set free? The judicial system along with the Governance of Afghanistan is very corrupt. Bribery is a way of business in Afghanistan.

    March 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • bribery

      this is not an ideological battle between left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Statism vs liberty, socialism vs free markets. This is ethnic warfare against white people.

      Why are hostile globalist elite supporting Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but turning white majority Europe, North America into a multi-ethnic multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

      Why do gullible Whites kowtow to hostile Jewish elite, who maim White soldiers in bankrupting wars, infiltrate and subvert our central banks and intelligence agencies, indoctrinate us in classrooms and mass media, impose trillions in debt, and plunder our wages?

      East Asia is 99% yellow. Africa is 99% Black. West Asia is 99% Brown. But 3rd world colonizers are annihilating Whites, just as Chinese colonizers are annihilating Tibet. This is the endgame.

      "Native" Americans are not native. They invaded from East Asia. Whites were not the only slave owners, imperialists. Muslims, Jews, China, India, Mayans, Africans all are guilty of slavery, imperialism. Whites were victims of Arab, Jewish, Turk, African, Mongol imperialism, slavery.

      Gullible Whites should reject suicidal anti-White Jewish ideologies like libertarianism, feminism, liberalism, socialism. White people should reject venomous smears of racism, collectivism.

      Love to all, hatred to no one, but White people must unite and organize to advance their families, their fertility, their interests. Reading list:

      March 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        people are like migratory birds by nature, they move; what you see is out come of on going process for many many generations. People were moving and mixing with locals when they were no roads, cars or planes, so who the hell are you to complain? Only way address your concern is by you not fathering any kids, so no issues of them being mixed up with different colors, and adding some new colors into your colorless family tree.

        March 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm |

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