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May 08, 2012

U.S. making deals for Afghan detainees


Afghan detainees in a military prison have been being secretly released. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

KABUL, Afghanistan (UPI) -- The United States has been secretly releasing detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said.

The strategic release program is part of an effort to end violence in restive provinces through negotiation, sources told The Washington Post. The detainees are used as bargaining chips with the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

"Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks," one official told the Post.

Releasing prisoners from the Parwan detention center in Afghanistan does not require congressional approval, the newspaper said Monday.

Officials said detainees selected for release have influence over other insurgents and their release is seen as a way of creating a "calming effect in an entire area." Those released agree to refrain from further violence. The number of detainees released is not known.

Some Afghans say the program, while helping to reduce violence, marginalizes their role in the country's reconciliation process as insurgent commanders seek out deals directly with U.S. officials instead of Afghan security forces.

"We tried to get the [insurgent] commanders to work with the Afghan National Army, but they weren't interested," a U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan told the newspaper.

Comments :

Ahmad


03/28/2014
Zombie insurgents, misnsig wmd's maybe it is time we end this war and stop playing around at the sake of the lives of our youths. I say divide the country into three parts, giving each a share of the wealth of oil and let each live their lives the way they and god want them too! Provide a government which represents all the people. We need to get out of a war between Shia, Shites, and the Kurds. Stop the killing over differences in religious beliefs. (I know it never will happen)

Andres


03/29/2014
Again, shades of Vietnam.As I reacll (from Robert Pisor's book about Khe Sahn), after the US abandoned the firebase, a briefing in the White House about the battle listed US estimates of enemy killed and wounded, the size of the enemy forces at Khe Sahn, and the typical ratios of casualties to total forces.One of the people being briefed did a little arithmetic and found that these numbers indicated that there no enemy effectives on the battlefield.Plus ca change http://edpslc.com [url=http://wkncjicnrwv.com]wkncjicnrwv[/url] [link=http://cvbhphxan.com]cvbhphxan[/link]

Toni


03/31/2014
Wild. Not what I expected. Subtle signs of tblruoe: the barbed wire almost-shopping mall aesthetic of the manufactured building units.Good job Mark.Reflecting on what you discussed with Madge and from some of your other Afghanistan reports, I'm vaguely vaguely reminded of a sort of primitive set of cultural norms and brutal allegiance to customs like early christians. I just read excerpts from the blog of a british medical worker who was recently killed by the taliban. She was explaining the terror female patients displayed when she wanted to perform a simple examination of them. Or how male patients responded like terrified 13 year-olds when being examined by a female doctor.All because of one belief one idea versus another. Just thoughts in people's heads.Incredible.

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