KABUL — The Afghan government’s plan to release 88 high-profile detainees without trial ‘‘would have an unbelievably negative impact’’ on US-Afghan relations, according to two of Congress’s biggest advocates for an enduring American presence here.
During a visit to Kabul on Thursday, Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said that while their differences with President Hamid Karzai were narrowing on man
y issues, the prisoner release threatens to undermine bilateral relations at a critical moment — as the deadline for an enduring security agreement looms.
In March 2013, the United States transferred control over the Parwan prison next to Bagram Airfield — with its roughly 3,000 detainees — to the Afghan government. Since then, Graham said, the Afghans have released 560 detainees without trial, and ‘‘some of those have gone back to the fight.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.