Afghan President Orders Release Of Prisoners Considered Threat By U.S.

(Kabul) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is ordering the release of more than 70 prisoners considered a security threat by the U.S. He made the decision Thursday based on a report from the Afghan spy agency saying there was no evidence against the group of inmates serving time at Bagram Prison outside Kabul. The U.S. State Department strongly disagrees.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says there is solid evidence linking the prisoners to terror-related crimes and they pose threats to the safety of the Afghan people. This comes amid tensions between the U.S. and Afghanistan over Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement to keep some American and coalition troops in the country after this year.