A trade deal was made Saturday, five Taliban officials held at Guantanamo, for one American, Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl
By Shepard Ambellas
QATAR (INTELLIHUB) — According to reports, five ‘high risk’ Taliban officials, who were being held captive at Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Mohammed Nabi Omari, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Khairullah Khairkhwa, were released Saturday in exchange for one American, Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, 28, who has been held captive by the Taliban since 2009.
The Obama Admin refers to the deal as ‘iron-clad’, reports say, highlighting how the U.S. makes an effort to bring all of its prisoners of war back home.
However, some are now questioning the Obama Administration’s judgement, as the five men which have been described by some as the most dangerous of all Taliban commanders, are now free to return to a life of terrorism after a one-year stay in Qatar.
Moreover, all of this follows lockstep with the White House’s ongoing boogeyman narrative which has been kept in play ever since the attacks on America which took place on Sept. 11, 2001. I mean after all, now that Osama Bin Laden has been ‘shot and killed by S.E.A.L. Team 6’, the powers-that-be will need new boogeymen to terrorize the populace.
New Rhetoric in Full Swing
Here we go again. The stage is being set for a new Peal Harbor.
Recently the Washington Times reported: [ref]Obama defends deal with Taliban to free only American POW in Afghanistan
Top Republicans on the Senate and House Armed Services Committee criticized Mr. Obama for negotiating with the Taliban.
“Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Berghdal’s release may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans,” said Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, and Rep. Buck McKeon, California Republican, in a joint statement.
Shockingly the entire narrative dovetails with a C.I.A. backed news report which aired on Anderson Cooper 360[ref]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UBJxZHVHS4[/ref] back in April. I reported on April 18, in an article titled Anderson Cooper 360: ‘Number two al Qaeda leader vows to attack U.S.’:
According to a CNN correspondent, Barbra Starr, the U.S. intelligence community believes that a newly released video featuring a public meeting of around 100 top al Qaeda members was filmed just a few weeks ago, ushering in a new threat to America.
Moreover, CNN further reported that the group has now “went dark” and may pose a threat to “planes” as this particular Yemeni sect specializes in making “bombs that get on planes” which are “undetectable”.
Barbra Starr also made it a point to say that the terror group has been staying off of cell phones and the internet to avoid detection by U.S. officials.
To no surprise, on April 10, the Yaman Post[ref]Yemeni Govt. Claims Alliance between Al-Qaeda’s Wahashi and Al-Fadhli[/ref] set the stage with a backstory, reporting:
Security forces in the governorate of Abyan said that new elements are being recruited under the umbrella of Tariq Al-Fadli, one of the strongest figures in Abyan, adding that Al-Fadhli may have turned Abyan governorate into a terrorist camp in cooperation with Al-Qaeda leader Wahashi, official media reported.
As a side note, this is the same rhetoric we saw before the 9/11 attacks which hit the U.S. back in 2001, sparking some to question the missing Malaysian Airliner story and the new Boston Bombing terror threat which took place late Tuesday, after a backpack was detonated by the Boston bomb squad.
Will the Obama Administration’s carelessness allow for another 9/11 to happen on U.S. soil?
Setting the backstory Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the Administrations decision to release the five terrorists Saturday. Rice was quoted by the Washington Post[ref]Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice defend decision to trade terror suspects for Bergdahl[/ref] saying, “This is a joyous day”.
Obama even chimed in as ABC News[ref]In Prisoner Exchange, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Released After Nearly 5 Years in Taliban Captivity[/ref] reported:
“On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal,” Obama said in a written statement released this afternoon.
In a written statement Sgt. Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani, thanked Obama and the Qatari emir, who helped facilitate the deal to release their son.
A deal that was negotiated in secret, according to reports.
The risky turnover happened in the “dead of night” along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border where the small group of U.S. Special Forces were met by 18 Taliban fighters who then released Bergdahl, said an ABC newscaster.
Some now question whether the negotiations and exchange breaches the U.S. policy that we don’t negotiate with terrorists, wondering if this will set a future precedence of weakness for our country.
All five men are expected to rejoin the Taliban despite the deal that was made which dictates that the men stay in Qatar.
Al Jazeera[ref]Taliban five arrive in Qatar after swap deal[/ref] reported in an article titled Taliban five arrive in Qatar after swap deal:
The prisoners were flown by US military C-17 aircraft into the Gulf on Sunday. They were named on Saturday as Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq.
The Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Omar, on Sunday hailed their release as a “big victory”.
“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation, all the mujahideen and to the families and relatives of the prisoners for this big victory,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
“I thank the government of Qatar, especially its emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad [Al Thani], who made sincere efforts for release of these leaders and for their mediation and for hosting them.”
Reports also say that Berghdahl wrote the initials “SF” on a piece of paper on the chopper ride out, breaking down into tears shortly after realizing he had been rescued. “SF” stands for Special Forces.
Terror suspects freed by Obama admin. were labeled ‘high risk’ in 2008: report – Washington Times
US ‘received Qatar assurances’ on Afghan prisoner deal — BBC
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