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Slain Soldier's Father: Afghan Prisoner Release 'A Travesty'

By    |   Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 11:32 PM

The Afghan government’s decision to release 65 prisoners the US military terms “dangerous” is drawing fire from the father of an American soldier reportedly killed by one of the freed jihadists.

The Wall Street Journal reported that one of those being considered for release was linked by coalition forces in Afghanistan  to the downing of a U.S. helicopter in 2012.

Eleven people – seven U.S. troops, three Afghan commandos, and a translator – were killed in that Aug. 16, 2012 attack, among them Explosive Ordinance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean Carson, a Redmond, WA native.

His father Pat told the Journal that freeing the detainees was “a travesty of justice” that would endanger more U.S. and Afghan troops.   

“It is becoming more apparent that the lives of our men and women have been wasted fighting and dying for a corrupt government that is just waiting us out and will reverse any progress we made for that country,” the elder Carson said.

Afghan officials say they have vetted the 65 men being released and that concerns that they are dangerous are unfounded.

But Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that “all of the detainees are associated with groups with whom the US is at war, including the Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Haqqani network. Some are directly responsible for American casualties.”

McKeon criticized what he termed the Obama Administration’s “schizophrenic” detainee policies for “directly contributing to” the Afghan government decision to release the prisoners.

CNN reported that it had obtained a document from a U.S. military official  which  said that approximately 19 of those released were associated with  attacks that killed or wounded 60 U.S. or coalition force members. The document said that 26 of those freed were associated with attacks that killed or wounded 57 Afghans.

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