One of the five Taliban leaders who was exchanged for alleged deserter U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is now suspected of engaging in “militant activities” according to U.S. officials. Seriously? Who couldn’t see this coming?
Watch the report via CNN:
As part of the exchange agreement, the five Taliban leaders were released from detention at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay and flown to Qatar, where they were to remain for one year.
One of those five has been observed communicating with Afghan Taliban terrorists, as confirmed by CNN through multiple sources from different agencies.
The exchange, which took place in May, was criticized from the start. Not only did it appear lopsided — exchanging five Taliban leaders for a troop whose disappearance from his post was highly suspicious — but it was done in violation of federal law requiring 30-day advance notice to Congress.
This report comes at a bad time for the administration. Both Fox News and NBC News have reported this week that Bergdahl will be charged as a deserter. The Pentagon denies those reports, however.
This is the first known suggestion that any of the detainees involved in the exchange may be trying to engage again in militant activity. It comes at a politically sensitive time as the administration has quickened the pace of prisoner release in an effort to encourage the closure of the Guantanamo, and the Army must decide in the coming weeks whether and how to punish Bergdahl for leaving his post.
“First of all, we take all allegations of re-engagement very seriously,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told Sean Hannity Thursday. “There are different ways of considering re-engagement. It doesn’t necessarily mean return to the battlefield, we take it all seriously. “
Kirby seemed to downplay the danger to American citizens.
“We have a good security partnership with the government of Qatar, they have provided assurances and I can tell you, we are comfortable at the defense department that we can mitigate any threat that could be posed by anyone of the individuals in terms of terrorist activity.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill weren’t quite so assured.
“If President Obama continues to release these dangerous terrorists, there will be a steep price to pay – very likely in lost American lives,” said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, according to Fox News.
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