The Afghan government ordered the release of 37 of 88 detainees that have been deemed “legitimate threats to national security.” The Pentagon condemned the release order in a statement Monday.
According to Afghan press reports, 17 of the 37 released prisoners from Bagram were linked by U.S. military authorities to the production of improvised explosive devices and involvement in killing 11 Afghan security forces.
Army Col. Steve Warren said strong evidence or investigative leads support the detainees’ prosecution or further investigation.
A special government panel called the Afghan Review Board, or ARB, ordered that the 37 detainees be released from the Afghan-supervised detention facility at Bagram Airfield.
“ARB is releasing dangerous insurgents, and the [United States] has provided extensive information and evidence on each of these 88 detainees,” Warren said. “We strongly condemn the extrajudicial release of these detainees.”
Warren also noted that of the 37 detainees, 17 are linked to the production of or attacks using improvised explosive devices, three participated in or had knowledge of direct attacks wounding or killing 11 Afghan national security forces members, and four participated in or had knowledge of direct attacks wounding or killing 42 U.S. or coalition service members.