Five members of the Taliban’s new government in Afghanistan are Gitmo terrorists. And they were traded in 2014 for US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl by the Obama administration.
Their release came in an effort to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center. And the hardened terrorists were set free in violation of the law, without the approval of Congress.
At the time, Sen. John McCain warned they were “the hardest of the hard-core” and “the highest high-risk people.”
The Taliban’s recent takeover of the country took place over a five-month period. It all began when President Joe Biden promised them the US would be gone by August 31st. And their insurgence was financed by Pakistan and China.
Gitmo terrorists in government: al Qaeda-Taliban merger
The strong presence of Gitmo alumni in the government shows the definitive merger of al Qaeda and the Taliban.
Declassified records show that prior to being captured the Gitmo terrorists were all considered senior Taliban leaders. Abdul Haq Wasiq was deputy intelligence chief for al Qaeda. Mullah Mohammad Fazl was the Taliban al Qaeda military commander. Khairullah Khairkhah was Taliban interior minister. Mullah Norullah Noori was Taliban military commander at Mazar-e-Sharif. And Mohammad Nabi Omari was the Taliban communications chief.
Both Fazi and Noori have been accused of ordering massacres.
The five Gitmo terrorists are now in positions of power in Afghanistan. And several of them are holding similar positions to what they had prior to their incarceration.
Wasiq is now Acting Director of Intelligence. Noori was named Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs. Fazi is the Deputy Defense Minister. Khairkhah was named Acting Minister of Information and Culture. And the fifth man freed from Gitmo, Omari, was appointed Governor of eastern Khost province last month.
Women have no rights under the Taliban
So far the hard-line government seems to reflect Islamic fundamentalist principles. No women are allowed to serve as government officials. And many of the rights that women have recently obtained in other countries are being denied by the Taliban.
An example is Saudi Arabia, in 2018, the Saudi King lifted the restriction on women driving.
In Afghanistan, women have been allowed to drive for decades. This is one of the first rights taken away by the newly formed Taliban government.
39 Gitmo terrorists remain
“Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence documents reveal 229 “rehabbed” former Gitmo detainees have returned to terrorism and killing Americans — and an alarming 66% of them have not been recaptured and are still at large,” reported Paul Sperry in the New York Post.
In 2014, President Obama justified releasing the terrorists by claiming that America doesn’t “ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.”
Biden’s Afghan pull-out has left at least 100 US citizens, many green-card holders, and up to 100,000 US-allied Afghans. And make no mistake these people are at the mercy of a government that has no interest in letting them live.
The irony abounds if, at some point, Biden decides to trade the last 39 Gitmo detainees for some of the many friends and allies left behind, as hostages to Taliban 2.0.