U.S. Lawmakers Warn Karzai Over Detainee Release

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American senators visiting Kabul on Thursday intensified pressure on President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security deal with the United States. And responding to a new crisis between the allies this week, they warned the Afghan government away from plans to summarily release dozens of detainees accused of attacking American forces. “If these releases go ahead, it will do irreparable damage to the relationship,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “There will be a backlash in the U.S. Congress.”

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