Afghan Gov't goes ahead with plan to release 65 prisoners
The Afghan government released 65 prisoners the U.S deems “dangerous insurgents” Thursday, outraging its international military allies and further straining relations with Washington.
It is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between Kabul and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force over the fate of prisoners captured on the battlefield by international forces and held at a military prison at Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul. U.S. military officials have said those being released are responsible for the deaths of scores of international and Afghan troops, as well as civilians.
“It remains the position of (U.S. Forces-Afghanistan) 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,” read a statement released by U.S. military command late Wednesday.
Whenever I hear a story like this it makes me go back to this story:
Staff Sergeant Craig W.Cherry, 39, of Winchester, Virginia died on August 7, 2004 in Ghazikel, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device struck his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light Infantry) in Winchester, Virginia. He was killed two weeks after arriving in Afghanistan. He was killed along with another member of his unit and an Afghan interpreter. They were in the lead vehicle of a convoy.
Craig Cherry grew up in Maine where he spent most of his childhood. His father,a Vietnam Veteran who served 20 years in the Navy and Coast Guard, still lives in Maine. Craig Cherry worked for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the information technology department.
He was due to retire from the National Guard in six months. SSG Cherry leaves behind a wife, two teenage children, and an 8-month-old son.
Craig's son is 10 now, and he'll never get to know his dad. And it makes me unbelievably mad to know that other sons out there will never meet their dads either. And the Afghan Gov't that we were sent over there to secure is setting some of their killers free.
It's like they say, if you aren't mad, you aren't paying attention.