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81 Afghans Freed by U.S.; First Step in Broad Amnesty

The United States military released 81 Afghan prisoners from detention on Sunday in what Afghanistan’s chief justice, Fazel Hadi Shinwari, described as the first stage of a reconciliation program under which many suspected Taliban fighters held by the Americans might be freed during the coming months.In an effort to end the insurgency by fighters for the Taliban movement, which was ousted three years ago, the Afghan government has promised former Taliban supporters an amnesty and a place in public life if they renounce violence and return to a peaceful life. President Hamid Karzai has said he will seek to prosecute only the top leadership of the movement – about 100 people. Full Story

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