Afghan detainees walk free from jail in push for peace
Published on Jan 6, 2013 12:48 PM
KABUL (AFP) - With tears streaming down their faces, scores of suspected Afghan militants embraced waiting relatives and walked to freedom - just one sign of increasing attempts at reconciliation after 11 years of war.
About 80 men, all wearing white skull caps, were released from jail on Friday at a ceremony inside Pul-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan's largest prison located on dusty flatlands east of the capital Kabul.
Most had been detained by US-led foreign troops hunting down Taleban militants and were held at Bagram airfield, where the international force (ISAF) is based, before being transferred into Afghan custody.
President Hamid Karzai, who will hold talks with President Barack Obama in Washington this week, has insisted all prisoners are handed over as Afghanistan takes over security ahead of the pull-out of foreign troops in 2014.
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