1. RARE RELEASE

    Afghanistan Frees 80 Detainees

    Afghani men pray after being released from prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Some 250 prisoners formerly held by the U.S. have been released by Afghan authorities in hopes that this will lead to reconciliation in the 11-year conflict, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. The released prisoners had been captured in operations against the Taliban and other groups. (AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)

    Prisoners freed in Kabul. (Ahmad Jamshid/AP)

    The Afghan government released 80 detainees on Friday, part of a continuing effort to assert its sovereignty over the treatment of its prisoners. The mass release precedes Afghani President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington. America has long been uneasy with what they consider the premature release of prisoners in Afghanistan. Officials there counter the argument by claiming that detaining suspects without enough evidence is illegal. The rare release—which stemmed from an agreement to transfer control of the Parwan Detention Facility to the Afghan government in March—was televised.

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