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US anger as Afghanistan releases 65 'insurgents'

Published on Feb 13, 2014 3:47 PM

KABUL (AFP) - Scores of alleged Taleban fighters walked free from jail in Afghanistan on Thursday, triggering condemnation from the United States which said they were responsible for killing NATO and Afghan soldiers as well as civilians.

The release of the Bagram prisoners is set to further worsen the bitter relationship between Kabul and Washington as US-led foreign troops prepare to withdraw after 13 years fighting the Islamist militants.

"The 65 prisoners were freed and walked out of the Bagram prison compound this morning," Abdul Shukor Dadras, a member of the Afghan government's review body, said.

"Their cases were reviewed and we had no reason to keep them in jail."

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