Four out of the five Guantanamo detainees affiliated with the Taliban -who were released in exchange for Sergeant Beaudry Robert “Bowe” Bergdahl- are now in top ranking positions within the Taliban.
Khairullah Khairkhwa, Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mohammad Fazl were released in a 2014 deal between the Obama administration and the Taliban, as a way to retrieve the US Army Soldier who deserted his post.
According to Fox News, Khairkhwa has been assigned the role of acting minister for information and culture, Noori was tapped for acting minister of borders and tribal affairs, Wasiq will serve as acting director of intelligence, and Fazl will serve as deputy defense minister.
Wasiq actually served in the intelligence role prior to the September 11, 2001, and is well-seasoned for the position.
Ben Sasse [R-NEB] blasted the Biden Administration for giving the Taliban so much slack.
“President Biden still clings to an insane fantasy that the Taliban is kinder and gentler,” Sasse said. “It’s nonsense. Haqqani is the Taliban’s new interior minister for precisely the same reason the FBI’s got a $5 million bounty on his head: he’s a bloodthirsty terrorist. He’s armed, dangerous, and running a country we just abandoned.”
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