This news release, from the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, lists four of the 65 detainees Afghanistan released Thursday despite warnings from the United States that the men pose a threat. Read more about the release and the tensions between the United States and Afghanistan.
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (February 12, 2014) – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is continuing preparations to release 65 dangerous individuals from the Afghan National Detention Facility at Parwan.
U.S. Forces – Afghanistan has repeatedly expressed strong concern about the potential threats these detainees pose to coalition forces and Afghan security forces and civilians. Detainees from this group of 65 are directly linked to attacks killing or wounding 32 U.S. or coalition personnel and 23 Afghan security personnel or civilians.
It remains the position of USFOR-A that violent criminals who harm Afghans and threaten the peace and security of Afghanistan should face justice in the Afghan courts, where a fair and transparent trial would determine their guilt or innocence.
The 65 detainees, who will be released starting tomorrow morning, include the following:
Mohammad Wali, apprehended in Helmand province in May 2013, is a suspected Taliban explosives expert who reportedly emplaced IEDs targeting ANSF and coalition forces. He was biometrically linked to two IED incidents, plus a latent fingerprint match to another IED in Helmand province. Wali’s personal property tested positive for multiple types of explosives in an explosive residue test after his capture.
Nek Mohammad, captured in Kandahar province in May 2013, is accused of facilitating rocket attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was apprehended with several 107mm artillery shells, mortar rounds and improvised explosive components, to include at least 25 pounds of homemade explosives.
Mohammadullah was apprehended in Paktiya province in May 2013. He is believed to be a Haqqani network IED specialist who builds and emplaces IED’s. Mohammadullah was biometrically linked to an IED and tested positive for four types of explosives in an explosive residue test. He was captured with his Haqqani commander, Ehsanullah, who is also being released.
Ehsanullah, captured in Paktiya province in May 2013, is a suspected Haqqani network commander who plans IED operations and attacks against ANSF and coalition forces. He was biometrically matched to a radio-controlled IED and tested positive for two types of explosives in an explosive residue test.