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US lawmaker wants list of freed Afghan detainees
US lawmaker wants names of 72 Afghan detainees Karzai ordered released from prison
Associated Press
2014-01-15 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking the names of 72 detainees that Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered released from prison.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon says that during a Capitol Hill meeting, top Pentagon officials didn't release the names he had requested from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

In a letter to Hagel dated Jan. 10, McKeon wrote that Americans deserve to know whether the released detainees pose a threat to the United States.

The release of prisoners marked a new tension point in the U.S.-Afghan relationship as talks continued on a new, long-term security agreement. Karzai said there was not enough evidence to hold the detainees.

State Department officials have said the detainees are "dangerous criminals" linked to terrorism.

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