BBC Online : The US military has condemned an order by the Afghan government to release 37 prisoners deemed by the Americans to pose a threat to security. In a statement, the US said it was an “extra-judicial release” of detainees that would be “a major step backwards”. The detainees are part of a group of 88 prisoners previously held by the US but handed to Afghan control in 2013. The US insists they are “dangerous individuals” but Afghanistan says there is not enough evidence against them. Earlier this month, the Afghan government announced it would release 72 out of the 88 prisoners, prompting almost instant condemnation from the US which said there was “strong evidence” linking the 72 to “terror-related crimes”. Hundreds of prisoners at Bagram jail have been freed since the Afghan government took over the running of the prison in March last year. But it is the fate of these 88 detainees which has proved so controversial. Of the 72 prisoners it plans to free, the Afghan government says there is no evidence against 45, while the evidence against 27 others is not enough to put them on trial.