KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan say the Afghan government intends within 24 hours to release from a former American prison some of a group of 65 inmates that it says are "dangerous."
The releases ordered by Afghan President Hamid Karzai have been the subject of heated debate between the U.S.-led coalition and the president, who has lately been challenging his Western backers.
A statement from the U.S. military in Afghanistan on Wednesday night said that the release of some of the 88 prisoners disputed between the U.S. and Afghanistan would begin on Thursday morning. It protested the reported decision, saying at least 65 are dangerous militants who have built roadside bombs and pose a danger to international coalition forces.
Karzai has said that keeping inmates in the former U.S. prison recently taken over by Afghan authorities breeds militancy.