Newscast Media KABUL—The United States says Afghanistan’s decision to release 65
accused militants from a former U.S. prison near Kabul is “deeply regrettable.”
The suspected militants were freed early on February 13 from Bagram prison, which
was transferred under Afghan authority last year.
“According to the information we received from our military police headquarters, we
confirmed that 65 prisoners from Bagram prison have been released this
morning,” Defense Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told reporters.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that the Afghan government “bears
responsibility for the results of its decision.” CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Gen. David Petraeus the U.S. and NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan has handed over command of international forces in Afghanistan to Marine Gen. John Allen.
Petraeus will assume his new job as director of the CIA, while Allen takes over in Kabul. Allen will be tasked with the overseeing the start of the American troop withdrawal from the country after a decade-long war.
“It is my intention to maintain the momentum of the campaign,” Allen said at the handover ceremony in the Afghan capital. He acknowledged, however, that the fight won’t be easy.
“There will be tough days ahead. I have no illusions about the challenges,” Allen said.
All foreign combat forces are set to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Allen has said he hopes the drawdown will impress on Afghan leaders that they must urgently grow the number and capabilities of their own security forces to take over.
The Afghan government plans to have 305,000 trained soldiers and policemen by this October with a goal of just under 400,000 by the time foreign combat troops leave.