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He has said that the order will probably lead to the release of prisoners who have been put into jail without enough evidence.
The decree by President Karzai came on Sunday, in response to a national conference last week on ways to end the country's nearly 9-year-old insurgency.
After the conference, the president said Justice Ministry officials would be required to identify the prisoners held in Afghan jails and in US military custody, and release them if allegations against them could not be substantiated.
U.S. officials raised new concerns today about Afghan President Hamid Karzai. On Saturday, Karzai told Afghan lawmakers he might join the Taliban, rather than submit to foreign pressure to reform his government. It's unclear whether Karzai was serious, but, in Washington today, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said this.
That particular comment is a bit of a head-scratcher. But, beyond that, you know, we're -- we're -- you know, we were troubled by some of his comments last week. We think we have addressed them.
I can't explain, you know, what he said about the Taliban. He is the elected leader of Afghanistan. We're working closely with he and his government.