(National Sentinel) Stupid: The group of five top Taliban insurgents that former President Barack Obama exchanged for former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured after he abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, is back with the Taliban leadership.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday:
Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday.
They will now be among Taliban representatives negotiating for peace in Afghanistan, a sign some negotiators in Kabul say indicates the Taliban’s desire for a peace pact.
“Taliban are bringing back their old generation, which means the Taliban have not changed their thinking or their leadership,” Haroun Mir, an Afghan political analyst, said to the AP.
Obama was criticized at the time for releasing the five men because it was believed that once they left their ‘exile’ in Qatar they would rejoin the Taliban, which is exactly what has happened.
Meanwhile, Bergdahl, a certified traitor for abandoning his post — a cardinal sin for military members — was dishonorably discharged from the Army but did not receive any prison time, which was a travesty.
Mohammed Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Nori, and Mohammad Nabi were released from Guantanamo Bay into Qatari custody under security restrictions and a one-year travel ban in 2014 as the price of the release of Bergdahl.
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