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5 swapped Taliban members reconnect with politburo in Qatar

Despite that Doha is seeking to cover up its role in supporting terrorism, a 2014 deal to release five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo resurfaced to prove Qatar’s continuous support to terrorism.

Now, with the deal coming into effect, warnings have emerged that these terrorists would operate once more via the Taliban politburo in the tiny-emirate.

U.S. Administration condemnation

In 2014 Donald Trump denounced the deal as a “very bad precedent” and “another U.S. loss. In 2017, President Trump blasted Bergdahl’s sentence as “complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.”

Also, Mike Pompeo, then a Kansas congressman, told reporters, “I’ve seen nothing that causes me to believe these folks are reformed or have changed their ways or intend to re-integrate to society in ways to give me any confidence that they will not return in trying to do harm to America.”

Deal details

In the run-up to the November election, five Taliban commanders freed from Guantanamo in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl rejoined the Taliban’s political office in Qatar. That development calls for a look at the back story, Front Page Magazine reported.

“One big concern is that the U.S. will be releasing five Taliban commanders in exchange for Bergdahl,” the Washington Post explained in 2014. “So who are these men? And what might they do when released?” The Post weighed in on both counts.

Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhw helped to create the Taliban movement in 1994 and once served as its interior minister. According to his Guantanamo case file, he was known to have close ties to Osama Bin Laden of al Qaeda, prime mover of the 9/11 attacks.

Mullah Mohammad Fazl had served as a senior commander in the Taliban army during the 1990s, rising to chief of staff. He likely supervised the killing of thousands of Shiite Muslims near Kabul and was present during a prison riot that claimed CIA operative Johnny Spann. According to his file, if released Fazl would likely rejoin the Taliban and resume hostilities against the United States and coalition forces.

Mullah Norullah Noori was one of the Taliban’s provincial governors and rumored to be a player in the massacre of Shiites. According to his file, he is a significant figure who encourages acts of aggression.

Abdul Haz Wasiq, deputy intelligence chief for the Taliban, used his office to support al Qaeda. Wasiz also forged alliances between the Taliban and other Islamic militants.

Serious threat

One of the five detainees is Mohammad Nabi Omari, he was member of a common al-Qaeda and Taliban terror cell, and was a prisoner at Guantanamo.

Obama strongly defended his administration’s decision to return the five detainees to the Taliban in exchange for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years of captivity, though he acknowledged that some of the released detainees could once again try to harm the United States.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, confirmed Tuesday that she and other senior lawmakers first discussed the possibility of a prisoner swap with administration officials in fall 2011.

During the consultations, “There were very strong views and they were virtually unanimous against the trade,” she said.

Despite the objections, “The White House is pretty unilateral about what they want to do when they want to do it,” Feinstein added later. “I think the notification to us is important and I think that it would have been a much better thing to do, because you do try to work together and you understand you’re not always going to agree with the executive.” Taliban escalation

Taliban escalation

By 2015, three of the five leaders tried to recommunicate with old terror networks.

"I've seen nothing that causes me to believe these folks are reformed or [have] changed their ways or intend to re-integrate to society in ways to give me any confidence that they will not return in trying to do harm to America," Pompeo said.

Furthermore, in 2018, being members at Taliban’s politburo, the five leaders were in perfect position to do so, in fact, Taliban escalated its attacks to disrupt the political process in Afghanistan last month.
Last Modified: Friday، 16 November 2018 09:44 PM