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Prisoner swap angers Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:34

June 3 - Afghanistan raises objections over the swap of five Taliban detainees for a U.S. soldier. Sarah Toms reports.

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A social media website published this video, which it says shows five Taliban prisoners after their release from Guantanamo Bay. Reuters cannot independently verify the content but the footage appears to show the men being greeted as they arrive in Qatar. The detainees are thought to be the most senior Afghans held at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba. Captured during the U.S. military campaign in 2001, they were released as part of a prisoner exchange. Despite this welcome, the Afghan government is angry the men were released into the custody of Qatar. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, AHMAD SHEKIB MUSTAGHNI, SAYING: "The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, from the beginning, has been against detention of its citizens and limiting of their freedom in Guantanamo Bay or at any other detention facilities. The recent release of five Afghan citizens in exchange for American army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl goes against the agreement we have had with the U.S. government and their transfer to the Qatar government was not agreed upon by the Afghan government." Afghanistan said the Afghan prisoners should have been freed without conditions. But U.S. officials say the men must remain in Qatar for at least a year to ensure they don't return to Afghanistan and resume fighting. Washington plans to withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

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Prisoner swap angers Afghanistan

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:34