The Pentagon says thousands of ISIS-K prisoners went free after the Taliban seized Afghanistan

Members of ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
Members of ISIS-K stand in front of their weapons as they surrendered to the government in Jalalabad, Nangarhar, Afghanistan on November 17, 2019.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference on Friday that thousands of ISIS-K prisoners were released in Afghanistan after the government fell to the Taliban two weeks ago.

"I don't know the exact number, clearly it's in the thousands when you consider both prisons, because both of them were taken over by the Taliban and emptied" he said in response to a reporter who asked how many how many prisoners were left at Bagram Air Base.

Kirby said the US military was turning over its entities to Afghan security forces and blamed them for a lack of resistence as the Taliban advanced.

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