U.S. condemns Afghan release of 37 prisoners

Jan 27, 2014, 5:56 AM EST
Former Taliban fighters stand alongside their weapons during a ceremony for an Afghan government peace and reconciliation process in Herat on October 23, 2013.
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The U.S. military has condemned an order by the Afghan government to release 37 prisoners deemed by the Americans to pose a threat to security. In a statement, the U.S. said it was an "extra-judicial release" of detainees that would be "a major step backwards." The detainees are part of a group of 88 prisoners previously held by the U.S. but handed to Afghan control in 2013.
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