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65 prisoners in Afghanistan freed

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 01:14

Feb. 13 - Afghan authorities release 65 detainees from the Bagram detention centre, a move the U.S. condemns. Sarah Toms reports.

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Soldiers guarding the perimeter of Afghanistan's Bagram prison are on high alert after 65 detainees were released. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) BAWAR GULL, ARMY SOLDIER AT BAGRAM PRISON SAYING: " They were taken out of the prison. They were holding their clothes in their hands. They received some cash and received instruction from a cleric here. Then they all went home." Some of the inmates had been held for years without trial. The US says the release of these prisoners is a threat to security, as some of these men are responsible for the deaths of Afghanistan civilians and coalition troops. But officials here in Kabul insist there is not enough evidence against them. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) HEAD OF REVIEWING BOARD OF PRISONER CASE, ABDUL SHAKOR DADRAS SAYING: "I believe that release of these 65 people will be for the benefit of the Afghan nation and it will be for the benefit of the American nation and American government." Their freedom marks a new low in relations between Afghanistan and the US forces at a crucial time -- just as the international mission in Afghanistan winds down.

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65 prisoners in Afghanistan freed

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 01:14