Seriously. This administration can't even gain the release of an America POW without stepping on it's own dick.
I have less of a problem with the White House acting without Congress - I seriously doubt ANY deal could happen if Congress was involved. But the
guys they let go in exchange is disturbing.
Biographies of the exchanged Taliban:
1. Mohammad Fazl, the former Taliban defense minister
during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, chief of staff of the Taliban army, and
commander of its 22nd Division. According to a U.S. Department of Defense document obtained by Wikileaks, Fazl is believed to be an associate of
Supreme Taliban Commander Mullah Omar and was “wanted by the UN for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiites,” surrendered
to the Northern Alliance commander Gen. Dostum in November 2001.
“Detainee is assessed to be a HIGH risk, as he is likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests, and allies,” his Guantanamo detainee file
reads. “If released, detainee would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with ACM [anti-coalition militia] elements participating in
hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan.”
2. Mullah Norullah Noori, a former Taliban military commander and Taliban governor of two Afghan provinces
, who led Taliban forces against U.S.
and coalition troops and was also “wanted by the United Nations (UN) for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims”
as Fazl was, according to Noori’s Guantanamo prisoner file as obtained and posted by Wikileaks. He is also believed to be associated with Supreme
Taliban Commander Mullah Omar.
Noori commanded the Taliban in the northern city of Mazar e-Sharif. Like Fazl, he surrendered to Gen. Dostum in 2001.
Rated a “HIGH” threat to U.S. security interests if released, Noori is or was associated with members of al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin.
3. Mohammed Nabi, another senior Taliban official with ties to al Qaeda
, the Haqqani Network, Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, and other anti-U.S.,
Taliban-allied groups, according to his Guantanamo Bay file as posted by Wikileaks.
Also rated as a “HIGH” security threat if released, Nabi fought with the mujahideen against the Soviets. After that, he told the Americans who
captured and detained him, he was an off-and-on Taliban member in the early 2000s, worked for the chief of the Taliban’s Border Department, which
controlled smuggling. In early spring of 2002, he left the Taliban to sell used cars in a small village near Khowst and became a CIA informant.
According to his Defense Dept. file, Nabi was involved in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces and facilitated smuggling routes for the Taliban
and al Qaeda.
4. Khairullah Khairkhwa, a direct associate of Osama bin Laden
according to his Defense Dept. detainee file obtained by Wikileaks, and a senior
Taliban military commander who also served as the Taliban’s minister of Interior and the governor of Herat.
He represented the Taliban at meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support actions against U.S. and coalition forces after the Sept. 11 attacks,
according to the document. He attended a meeting at the direction of bin Laden, reportedly accompanied by members of Hamas, the document says, and is
believe to have been one of the major opium lords of western Afghanistan.
In 2002, he sought to negotiate an integration into the new government through Wali Karzai, the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has been
accused of corruption and drug smuggling, but was arrested by Pakistani border patrol and released by Pakistan into U.S. custody.
He is also deemed a “HIGH” threat if released.
5. Abdul Haq Wasiq, the Taliban’s former deputy minister of intelligence
, had direct connections to Taliban leadership and was “central to
the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups” to fight against U.S. and coalition forces, according to his
Defense Dept. file obtained by Wikileaks.
He also used his position to support al Qaeda, assist Taliban personnel in eluding capture, and arranged for al Qaeda members to train Taliban
intelligence staff, according to the file.
He seems to have later turned informant, as his file notes that Wasiq was arrested after a meeting with two Americans and a translator, in which he
was supposed to deliver information leading to the capture of Mullah Omar. Shortly after the meeting, U.S. forces arrested him.
1-6-2014 by Leonidas because: (no reason given)