US Condemns Release of 65 Afghan Prisoners

Officials say those released are directly linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 U.S. and coalition personnel.
3:00 | 02/13/14

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out of prison today, men the U.S. Calls dangerous. Their release is sparking outrage and ABC's chief white house correspondent John than Karl has the latest on how this happened. Reporter: Just yesterday, they were locked in a high-security prison, considered some of the most dangerous men in the world. Taliban fighters captured by U.S. Forces. Today they're enjoying lunch in a kabul cafe -- freed under order of Afghan president Hamid karzai. Among them, an alleged Taliban commander named nurullah. Translator: I have no link with any groups. Reporter: He denies the charges but has been directly linked to attacks killing at least one American and wounding four others. All told, 65 prisoners were released today from the prison, seen in this exclusive video shot by the bbc. U.s. Officials say they are directly linked to attacks that killed or wounded 32 U.S. And coalition personnel. Many of these people were caught red-handed, the tests on their fingers, explosives on their hands. Reporter: It's another low-point for already tattered relations with president karzai, who has been trying to get his own peace deal president Obama still has to decide how many U.S. Forces to keep in Afghanistan after this year, but today's prisoner release is the kind of thing that makes it harder for the U.S. To remain in Afghanistan at all. Jonathan Karl reporting from the white house tonight.

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