Obama to release Taliban leaders from Gitmo

An update on posts here and here, via Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal | World news | The Guardian.

The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned.

According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan.

More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody of another country, possibly Qatar.

The releases would be to reciprocate for Tuesday’s announcement from the Taliban that they are prepared to open a political office in Qatar to conduct peace negotiations “with the international community” – the most significant political breakthrough in ten years of the Afghan conflict.

The Taliban are holding just one American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, a 25-year-old sergeant captured in June 2009, but it is not clear whether he would be freed as part of the deal.

“To take this step, the [Obama] administration have to have sufficient confidence that the Taliban are going to reciprocate,” said Vali Nasr, who was an Obama administration adviser on the Afghan peace process until last year. “It is going to be really risky. Guantánamo is a very sensitive issue politically.”

Negotiations over the opening of a Taliban political office and the release of prisoners have been underway for more than a year in secret contacts in Germany and in the Gulf between US and Taliban officials, but have been continually held up by political obstacles on all sides.

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, had preferred Saudi Arabia or Turkey to host the Taliban political bureau, but dropped his opposition to Qatar under heavy US pressure.

Tuesday’s announcement was made by email by a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid.

“Right now, having a strong presence in Afghanistan, we still want to have a political office for negotiations,” Mujahid said. “In this regard, we have started preliminary talks and we have reached a preliminary understanding with relevant sides, including the government of Qatar, to have a political office for negotiations with the international community.”

Qatar – where the host nation can share U.S. military preparations with our enemies.


13 thoughts on “Obama to release Taliban leaders from Gitmo

  1. Whatever happened to our governments policy of not negotiating with terrorists. I guess it’s OK if they are muslims on jihad. Idiots.

  2. This is a really bad idea. It will come back to bite the United States on the ass. obama freeing his terrorist brothers should not be allowed to happen.

  3. HOW SIC CAN THIS JACK-A$$ GET!!! These thugs will go right back fighting and KILLING AMERICAN SOLDIERS. How about all the troops that died capturing these THUGS, no respect for them!!! OBUMMA THE MUSLIM HAS TO GO for sure. LOCK AND LOAD.

  4. Youssef Qaradawi is often referred to here as the most important leader of the global Muslim Brotherhood, an acknowledgement of his role as the de facto spiritual leader of the movement. In 2004, Qaradawi turned down the offer to lead the Egyptian Brotherhood after the death of the Supreme Guide. Based in Qatar, Sheikh Qaradawi has reportedly amassed substantial wealth through his role as Shari’ah adviser to many important Islamic banks and funds. He is also considered to be the “spiritual guide” for Hamas and his fatwas in support of suicide bombings against Israeli citizens were instrumental in the development of the phenomenon. Qaradawi is also known to be a leader of a charity coalition known as the Union of Good, described in a NEFA Foundation report as “a coalition of Islamic charities that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. “

    It should also be noted that previous posts have extensively discussed the relationship of Al-Jazeera and its management to the global Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Jazeera is headquartered in Qatar.

    It is interesting to note that the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), completed in 1983, was funded by $21 million raised from Brotherhood figures Youssef Qaradawi and Youssef Nada as well as the emir of Qatar.
    What is significant is that Oxford University, which has long been infiltrated by Islamists who founded the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), has Huma’s brother listed as afellow and partners with a number of Muslim Brotherhood memberson the Board, including al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi; both have been listed as OCIS Trustees.Serving with Huma’s brother as an Oxford Centre Trustee is Turkey’s president – Abdullah Gül.
    Keep looking at the link between Huma Weiner (Hillary Clinton).and Qaradwi !

  5. At what point would it be Treason ?, You decide: Origin:
    1175–1225; Middle English tre ( i ) so ( u ) n < Anglo-French; Old French traïson < Latin trāditiōn- (stem of trāditiō ) a handing over, betrayal. See tradition

    1. Treason is any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one's government.
    2. Sedition is any act, writing, speech, etc., directed unlawfully against state authority, the government, or constitution, or calculated to bring it into contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection; it does not amount to treason and therefore is not a capital offense.
    3. See disloyalty.
    Synonyms: Treason , sedition – mean disloyalty or treachery to one's country or its government.

  6. Wait a minute! What about the sergeant Bowe Bergdahl? WTH! At least get him back in this B*llSh*t move!! Unbelievable, this is so twisted I can’t believe i’ve read what i’ve read!!

  7. A scant knowledge of islam would prevent this— They are dealing with people who have no conception of honor or truth ( unless of course they think they can claim kinship)

    Qur’an 9:3 “Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations

    Bukhari:V4B52N268 “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘War is
    deceit.'”

    Qur’an 66:2 “Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows.”

    Sahih Bukhari 7:67:427 ….By Allah, and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else better than that. then I do what is better and expiate my oath.’ ”

    Sahih Muslim 15:4058….. And when you take an oath and find something else better than that, expiate for (breaking) your oath, and do that which is better.

    Sahih Bukhari 5:59:369…..Allah’s Apostle said, “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?” Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” The Prophet said, “Yes,” Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab). “The Prophet said, “You may say it.”

    Someone is getting their chain jerked– the American People

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