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Freed Taliban Commanders Seen as 'Worst of the Worst'

By    |   Monday, 02 Jun 2014 01:59 PM

The five senior Taliban terrorists that President Obama released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for former Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are considered to be “some of the worst of the worst,” The Daily Beast reported.

According to a 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five jihadists – senior Taliban commanders that the terror group has attempted to free for more than a decade – presented a high risk of launching attacks against the United States and its allies if released from the prison at the U.S. naval facility in Cuba.

The Taliban prisoners include Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari.

Their release will bolster the Afghan Taliban’s leadership ranks as the U.S. military winds down its role in Afghanistan and relinquishes responsibility for fighting the militants to the Afghan government.

 “They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn , a senior editor at the Long War Journal who closely monitors the release of terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay facility, which President Obama has sought to close since taking office in 2009.

Writing in
The Weekly Standard, Joscelyn cites documents prepared by the U.S. military in arguing that the five  terrorists are some of the most dangerous members of the Taliban leadership.

Fazl was the Taliban army’s chief of staff and is wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Afghan Shiites. 

Noori  is also wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes in connection with the murder of Shiite Muslims.

According to a threat assessment produced by the U.S. military at Guantanamo, Wasiq “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” after the 9/11 attacks.

Khairkhwa, a former Taliban governor of Herat province and former interior minister, helped broker a secret deal with Iran to oppose the United States after 9/11. He is believed to be a major narcotics trafficker and an al-Qaida ally who allegedly oversaw one of Osama bin Laden’s training facilities in Herat. The U.S. military has accused Iran of supplying the Taliban and other jihadist groups with  homemade bombs.

Nabi, a senior Taliban security official, held several top leadership positions in the group and reportedly held weekly meetings with al-Qaida to plot attacks against U.S.-led forces.

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