Karzai Frees Taliban Fighters Suspected in Attacks on U.S. Troops
With major questions surrounding the relationship between the U.S. government and President Hamid Karzai, 65 prisoners are now going free from custody in Afghanistan. The detainees are labeled "dangerous" by the U.S., including some Taliban fighters suspected of carrying out attacks that killed or injured American service members.
Karzai argues the releases are of no concern to the United States.
Bill Hemmer discussed the latest developments with former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker, who believes Karzai is now only motivated by trying to stay in power after the bulk of U.S. forces depart.
"He's trying to save his own skin," said Baker, pointing out that Karzai has been "playing both sides" for a long time now, anticipating the day when U.S. troops would be gone.
"He's got to find a way to appease the Taliban because in his estimation, they're coming back. I think that is the eventual reality here," he said.
Baker said some of the detainees that are now being released were captured by U.S. forces, and in many cases handed over to Afghan custody with clear evidence linking them to attacks.