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Several Taliban detainees who had been captured in February after being observed placing bombs in the culverts of roads used by civilians and military convoys near Kandahar were fed, given medical treatment, then released by American troops frustrated by a policy they say is forcing them to kick loose enemies who are trying to kill them.
Despite what American soldiers say was a mountain of evidence, which included a video of the men planting the bomb and chemical traces found on their hands, there was nothing the soldiers who had captured them could do but feed and care for them for 96 hour
"We put our lives on the line to capture the enemy," a soldier with the Stryker regiment told The Washington Examiner. "Since my deployment, every insurgent we've captured has been released."
International Security Assistance Forces officials contacted by The Examiner admitted that releases like these were common. The officials said ISAF forces can hold detainees for up to 96 hours, during which time detainees are "screened and a decision is made whether to release the individual, transfer them to appropriate Afghan authorities, or to the detention facility in Parwan [at Bagram Air Base]."
ISAF spokesman Lt. Col. John Dorrian said things are expected to change. He said Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior, supported by Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, is implementing a system for fingerprinting captured insurgents.
"This program is going to make a huge difference, dramatically reducing insurgents' ability to hide among the general population," he said. "It will also improve the ability of Afghan and coalition forces to gather evidence of insurgent activity that will hold up in court."
However, the program is not yet operational. Like many plans associated with the Afghan war, there are many potential setbacks ahead.
Troops say top commander Gen. David Petraeus has not fulfilled promises he made to Congress last year to review and, where appropriate, change rules of engagement that have restricted troops' ability to stop the enemy.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: washingtonexaminer.com...
Originally posted by P3ACE0WAR
reply to post by deltaboy
There is no solution to unjustified invasion.
Go back to your country and stay there, and hope no one bombs you because I swear to god there are billions who do want to bomb you for the B.S. your politicians, your soldiers, and your secret service gets involved with.
Originally posted by CitizenNum287119327
maybe they have to release the ones with the western payslips in their pockets?
If it is so frustrating,
just get hell out and leave afghanistan to do what it has for centuries.
afterall, it's another illegal war, that the US can't afford, and only benefits corporations.
justice would be better served by flying predator drones up and down Wall Street
just after the exchange closes.
Originally posted by deltaboy
reply to post by P3ACE0WAR
Really?? Can you tell us why its taking so long for billions to bomb us? You know we have millions of immigrants coming to the U.S. and many of them Muslims yet I don't see millions of bombs exploding across the U.S.. Are you sure you are on the same page here with other people around the world? Swearing to God doesn't impress me one bit.