U.S. military leaders, angry over Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai releasing dozens of terrorists and enemy fighters with the blood of Americans on their hands, are warning the former detainees that if they return to the field of battle or participate in terrorist activities “they do so at their own peril,” according to a Pentagon spokesman on Friday evening.
“We had strong evidence on all of them, evidence that has been ignored. And that's unsatisfactory to us. It’s not just United States forces in Afghanistan who are now victims of this, but so are the Afghan people, because many of these individuals killed innocent Afghans. They’re criminals... terrorists. They need to be detained, and they are not now, and obviously, that’s a decision that the Afghan government made," said Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's current press secretary.
Some of the 65 Taliban members and Islamist terrorists released by the Karzai government "have Americans' blood on their hands, but I'm “not certain that’s the only metric that matters here,” Adm. Kirby noted.
The Obama administration and Karzai have been at odds over the signing of a security deal regarding the 2014 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to an Examiner news reports.
The United Nations Security Council's mandate stipulates that the US-led international military force in Afghanistan is scheduled to hand over all security duties to Afghan forces before its full withdrawal by the end of 2014.
According to Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer during an appearance on Fox News Channel, among the detainees freed over U.S. objections were:
Haji Abdullah, described as a “high-level foreign fighter facilitator” who helped mount the Aug. 16, 2012 attack that brought down a U.S. helicopter. Abdullah escorted Pakistani and Arab suicide bombers into the area to facilitate their attacks, and directed a cell of 10 fighters which carried out attacks ordered by the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Mohammad Khan, a Taliban commander who coordinated suicide bomber missions, one of which killed a U.S. soldier and wounded four more.
And Akthar Mohammad, a suspected Taliban commander who planned and conducted numerous attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces, as reported in an Examiner news article.
"All of these individuals are people who should not be walking the streets. And we had strong evidence on all of them, evidence that has been ignored. And that's unsatisfactory to us," Adm. Kirby told reporters.
"So it's not just ISAF. It's not just United States forces in Afghanistan who are now victims of this, but so are the Afghan people, because many of these individuals killed innocent Afghans, as well," he added.
"They need to be detained, and they're not now, and obviously that's a decision that the Afghan government made."