File - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after a news conference in Kabul. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)
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Afghanistan Thursday said it would release scores of alleged Taliban fighters from jail as there was no evidence against them, despite U.S. objections that the men could return to the battlefield as NATO troops withdraw.U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, had earlier lodged an official objection over the releases, saying they were against an agreement signed when Bagram jail was handed over by the U.S. in March.Bagram jail was eventually passed to Afghan control after a public standoff with Karzai, who sees the jail as a symbol of Afghanistan's efforts to regain its national sovereignty.The U.S. says the 88 men were responsible for over 60 NATO coalition and 57 Afghan deaths.
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