Over objections from the United States, officials in Afghanistan released 65 prisoners on Thursday whom it said it was unable to prosecute, despite warnings from the U.S. that the prisoners would return to attacking forces as well as civilians.
The United States military expected the Afghans would make the move and have denounced it through different press releases over the past few weeks. However, the government of Afghanistan maintained there was not enough evidence to take the prisoners to trail and hold them at the detention facility previously run by the U.S. in Bagram, which is north of the capital of Kabul.
The dispute over the detainees has inflamed tensions further between Afghanistan and the U.S. during the final year of the military intervention led by the U.S.
Hamid Karzai the President of Afghanistan has angered officials from the U.S. by not agreeing to sign a new security agreement that would give the American troops left in the country permission to remain beyond 2014.
Karzai has criticized sharply the Bagram prison likening it to a place that manufactures Taliban insurgents.
The prisoners released were left at their homes on Thursday and all 65 are linked directly to attacks that have maimed or killed dozens of soldiers in the coalition along with many civilians from Afghanistan, alleges U.S. officials.
They are part of 88 prisoners at the facility whom the military from the U.S. had insisted should not be given their freedoms.
Since the early part of last year, the dispute has been festering between the two countries. At that time, the U.S. had handed over to Afghan officials, control of the prison as part of the plan to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan.
Officials from the U.S. say that the government of Afghanistan has violated the agreements by allowing the prisoners to go free.
The military from the U.S. even took a rare step to publicly release data about some of the 65 prisoners, citing data from biometrics and residue tests for explosives as an indication the prisoners were tied to the insurgency.
One of the men released on Thursday was described by military officials from the U.S. as a suspected explosive expert.
Another is accused of participating in rocket attacks.