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Afghanistan to free 37 alleged Taleban prisoners despite US protests

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:30 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Afghanistan said on Monday that it expects to release within two weeks a first batch of alleged Taleban prisoners whom the United States says are responsible for dozens of NATO and Afghan deaths.

Kabul announced on Jan 9 that a total of 72 detainees held at Bagram jail near Kabul would be freed due to lack of evidence, and an official said on Monday that 37 were to be released initially.

The US military force in Afghanistan condemned the news of the releases, saying the prisoners were "dangerous insurgents" who had "Afghan blood on their hands".

"The ARB (Afghan Review Board) is releasing back to society dangerous insurgents who have Afghan blood on their hands," the US military in Afghanistan said in a statement.

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