Afghan releases 65 Talibanis against US’ will

Posted on Feb 13 2014 - 11:29pm by IBC News

Islamabad, Feb. 13: Afghanistan has reportedly freed 65 alleged Taliban prisoners despite condemnation from the US.

A member of the Afghan government body reviewing the detainees, Abdul Shukor Dadras said that the prisoners were freed and walked out of the Bagram prison compound.

According to Dawn News, the US military had alleged that the prisoners were dangerous individuals and were directly linked to attacks on the forces.

However, Dadras said that their cases were reviewed and there was no reason to keep them in jail.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called the prison at Bagram a “Taliban-producing factory” and alleged that some detainees had been tortured into hating their country.

The US had given names and details of three men freed, including Mohammad Wali, whom it described as a suspected Taliban explosives expert “biometrically linked” to two bombings against troops in Helmand province.

The report said that the move to free the detainees has enraged US officials and soured the ties between the two nations who are yet to come to a conclusion over a long-delayed security deal allowing some American soldiers to stay in the country after 2014.

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