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.