The four Taliban members Obama traded for Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted the US Army in 2009 in Afghanistan, are now officially working in the Taliban’s new government in Afghanistan:
NY POST – Four of the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration in 2014 in exchange for admitted US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl are part of the Islamic fundamentalist group’s new hardline government in Afghanistan, according to local media reports.
The four members of the so-called “Taliban Five” who have joined the new government are Acting Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl, and Acting Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah. The fifth member of the Taliban Five, Mohammad Nabi Omari, was appointed governor of eastern Khost province last month.
Afghan outlet TOLOnews published a list Tuesday of members of the new “caretaker” government, which features several familiar faces who helped run the war-torn country between 1996 and 2001 — when the Taliban were forced from power by US-led NATO forces following the 9/11 attacks.
Wasiq, Fazl and Khairkhah all held positions in the former Taliban government — Wasiq as a deputy intelligence chief, Fazl as army chief of staff and Khairkhah as interior minister.
According to assessments written in 2008 by leadership at Guantanamo Bay and later made public by WikiLeaks, Wasiq “utilized his office to support [al Qaeda] and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture” and “was central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside the Taliban against U.S. and Coalition forces” in the early days of the Afghanistan war.
The same assessments said Fazl was alleged to have had “operational associations with significant al Qaeda and other extremist personnel.”
Fazl and Noori, who was governor of two northern Afghan provinces during the earlier Taliban regime, are also accused of ordering the massacres of ethnic Hazara, Tajik and Uzbek communities in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998.
Khairkhah, who helped found the Taliban in 1994, allegedly took part in “meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against U.S. and Coalition Forces” following the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, according to the 2008 assessments. He also was the governor of western Herat province between 1999 and 2001 and was known as “one of the major opium drug lords in western Afghanistan,” US military leadership found.
We reported back in 2018 that these despicable terrorists were made part of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, responsible for negotiating peace with the former US-backed Afghan government that Biden let completely unravel. Yeah, that worked out well. Now they are part of the terrorist government that Biden has helped make happy by his cowardice and incompetence.
Here are a few responses:
The Taliban got 4 members of their leadership team and we got a deserter most of us didn't want back. That's about the level of competence we've come to expect from Democrats in office.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) September 8, 2021
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) September 8, 2021
— Tom Borelli, Ph.D. (@tomborelli) September 8, 2021
Released from Guantanamo Bay by Obama
Now running Afghanistan thanks to Biden https://t.co/RbKr2mSyLx
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) September 8, 2021