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US frees 53 Afghan detainees

[JURIST] US military forces in Afghanistan have released 53 prisoners after declaring that they were no longer considered threats. The release, made Tuesday, came just a few days after Afghan President Hamid Karzai [Wikipedia profile] called for Afghan custody of Afghan prisoners [JURIST report] held by US forces amid reports of US abuses of Afghan detainees [JURIST report]. The prisoners, all Afghan men, were considered low-level combatants and were released from US bases at Bagram. Some of the released men spoke to reporters, one claiming that he was abused and two others stating that they were treated well while in US custody. AFP has more.

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