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Secret U.S. program releases high-level insurgents in exchange for pledges of peace

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Washington Post, 7 May 2012
The US have ‘for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees’ from Bagram military prison ‘as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. This so-called ‘strategic release’ program ‘has quietly served as a live diplomatic channel, allowing American officials to use prisoners as bargaining chips in restive provinces’. ‘Unlike at Guantanamo’, this ‘does not require congressional approval’ and the detainees ‘to formally disavow their relationship to the Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami or other insurgent groups’. The report includes an example from Nerkh district in Wardak where US military were negotiating with Hezb-e ­Islami commanders and, ‘[b]efore long, the U.S. troops and Hezb-i-Islami fighters were conducting joint operations, traveling in the same vehicles and sleeping on the same bases’

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