Afghanistan announced Tuesday it plans to release 65 dangerous Afghan detainees, a move the U.S. military condemned because of the men’s role in killing and wounding American and coalition forces.
Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge called the move “outrageous” when he appeared “On the Record” with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Tuesday.
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“First of all, [Afghan President Hamid] Karzai is on his way out the door, so his gratuitous, insulting remarks vis-a-vis America are highly objectionable and outrageous,” he said. “The military — not just the U.S., but U.S., NATO and his own security forces — are responsible for putting most of these people in there. They say they have evidence they have either killed members of the U.S. military, NATO or they are responsible for killing Afghan soldiers and/or civilians.”
Watch the exchange via Fox News.
After previous releases, former detainees reverted back to insurgent activities, The Hill reported.
“This release violates agreements between the U.S. and Afghanistan. We have made clear our judgment that these individuals should be prosecuted under Afghan law,” U.S. Forces-Afghanistan officials said in a statement, according to The Hill. “The release of 65 detainees is a legitimate force protection concern for the lives of both coalition troops and Afghan National Security Forces. The primary weapon of choice for these individuals is the improvised explosive device, widely recognized as the primary cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan.”
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