Obama administration officials attempted to persuade the five senior Taliban commanders known as the Taliban-5 to become U.S. intelligence assets, according to a Fox News report.
The attempt was a “total failure,” according to Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.
The five were given the moniker after their release from Guantanamo Bay, last year in exchange for accused Army deserter Bo Bergdahl.
The detainees were sent to Qatar, where they were to remain for one year before being free to return to their home country of Afghanistan. Their detention in Qatar has since been temporarily extended.
“Fox News has learned that there was an effort by the U.S. government to recruit members of the Taliban-5 as assets to gather intelligence and to influence their actions in the future once restrictions were lifted,” Herridge told Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer.
She said that the effort was made to prevent them from returning to a life of terrorism.
“But the effort was described by a source familiar with the strategy as a quote, ‘total failure.’”
No response to the news was immediately provided to Fox News by administration officials.
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