June 22nd, 2010
11:39 AM ET

Security Brief: Afghan prisoners freed in gesture of goodwill, official says

Afghanistan has announced the freeing of prisoners and the United Nations' intentions to remove some Taliban members from a terror blacklist, efforts that come on the heels of a recent nationwide peace conference, government officials said on Tuesday.

More than 25 prisoners have been freed in a move to get militants to lay down their arms, a government official told CNN Tuesday.

Dr. Mohammad Zasim Hashimzai, Afghanistan's deputy minister of justice and legal affairs, said more than 25 prisoners have been freed in a move to get
militants to lay down their arms.

The gesture of goodwill was made after a presidential decree based on principles set down in the country's recent peace jirga, or national conference
of tribal and religious leaders earlier this month. The jirga said that the Afghan government and international forces, as a gesture of free will, should take "immediate and solid action in freeing" people whose incarcerations have been based  on "inaccurate information or unsubstantiated allegations."

In a related move, the United Nations said it will remove those Taliban members not connected with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups from a blacklist. President Hamid Karzai's office said in a press release that a Security Council delegation met with him and will make the removals in a "step-by-step"
manner in agreement with the Afghan government. The jirga called for the removal of militants from such a list.

The meeting, at the presidential palace, discussed the peace jirga, corruption, militant reconciliation and reintegration, counter-terrorism and
next month's international conference in Kabul.

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  1. Jann in Canada

    This POS is totally redneck, or maybe going senile. Totally without class. What a way to talk about the President. Airing his dirty laundry in public what a shameful putz. Hopefully he really did resign.

    June 23, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. J

    I guess what makes me so confused is why is Obama calling himself African- American when his mother was white seems to me he is the one preduice about his own heritage. Shouldn't he be proud to say that I am White African-American.

    June 23, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Eve

    I honestly do not know what to believe in President Obama anymore. I know the military code of conduct is what it is. However, I agree, it would seem that so many in Washington get their feelings hurt these days. I am not saying I agree with the comments being published, however, I honestly believe living in Louisiana with the Gulf Oil Spill, Obama seems to be more concerned with helping other countries than this one he is working for. Just like this General fired and replaced, as Americans, we have to wait 4 years to fire Obama, as what can I say, impeach a President for a poor job performance, my boss would. I am 41 years old, I have seen alot over these years, I recall the "good ole days". I am sorry Obama I am disappointed in your job performance, nothing wrong with someone having opinions! I thought we have freedom of speech in this country. I honestly hate my country I live in today, ashamed to call myself an American anymore, we have lost the respect of the WORLD!

    June 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Barry

    Air Force Wife – Oddly enough, 'One Day in September' was shown on naatnoil television here in NZ last Friday (14th).BTW – what is Hamas doing now? Have they gone quiet while they watch from their hidey holes?

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