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17 Afghan Prisoners Released from Guantanamo


Officials in Afghanistan say the United States has released 17 Afghan detainees from military custody at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Abdul Wakil Omari, a spokesman for the Afghan Supreme Court, said the men would be formally handed over during a ceremony at the court later Tuesday. He did not say how many prisoners had been released, but other officials put the number at 17.

It was not clear if the men will face charges in their home country. The U.S. military had no immediate comment.

The United States has released more than 200 detainees from Guantanamo, but many, including dozens of prisoners sent to the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are freed on the condition they will be held by their home countries.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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