Since Jason Bourne….I mean Bowe Bergdahl has broken his silence. I thought it worthy of a revisit into the 5 men the Obama administration traded for Jason…damn it Bowe.
Back in May of 2014, the Obama administration quite shockingly swapped 5 high value and extreme threat Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in an move that angered a large number of Americans, but surprisingly not many inside the Pentagon or Intelligence community. Sgt. Bergdahl was never really detained, questioned, and quietly put away as the trappings of an investigation wind down.
June of 2014 30 days after these five men arrive in Qatar, the American public hears for the first time of the new threat to America and the world, know as ISIS and not even a month later ISIS controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Who are these 5 Guantanamo Detainees?
- Mullah Mohammad Fazl: Is thought to be 46 or 47 years old. According to documents from the Joint Task Force Guantánamo: “Detainee aas the Taliban Deputy Minister of Defense during Operation Enduring Freedom and is an admitted senior commander who served as Chief of Staff of the Taliban Army and as a commander of the 22nd Division. Detainee is wanted by the UN for possible War crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiites. Detainee was associated with terrorist groups currently opposing US and Coalition forces.”
- Mullah Norullah Noori: Is thought to be 46 or 47 years old. According to the documents: “Detainee was a senior Taliban military commander in Mazar-e-Sharif during hostilities against US and Coalition forces in late 2001. Detainee was also the Taliban governor for the Balkh and Laghman provinces and is wanted by the United Nations (UN) for possible war crimes including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims. Detainee is associated with Supreme Taliban Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar, other senior Taliban officials, senior al-Qaida members and other extremist organizations and has remained a significant figure to Taliban supporters. Detainee’s brother is a Taliban.”
- Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa: Is thought to be 46 or 47 years old. According to the documents: “Detainee was a senior Taliban official serving as the Minister of Interior, Governor of Herat, and a military commander. Detainee was directly associated to Usama Bin Laden (UBL) and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar, and was added to the UN financial freeze list. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, detainee represented the Taliban during meetings with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against US and Coalition forces. Detainee also attended a meeting at the direction of UBL, reportedly accompanied by members of HAMAS. Detainee and his deputy were probably associated with a militant training camp in Herat operated by deceased al-Qaida commander (in Iraq) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Detainee was identified as a narcotics trafficker and probably used his position and influences to become one of the major opium drug lords in Western Afghanistan. Detainee probably used profits from drugs to promote Taliban interests in the area.”
- Muhammad Nabi: Is thought to be 45 or 46 years old. According to the documents, he was considered “high risk,” “high threat,” and of “high” “intelligence value.” The documents add: “Detainee was a senior Taliban official who served in multiple leadership roles. Detainee had strong operational ties to Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) groups including al-Qaida, the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin… Detainee was a member of a joint al-Qaida/ Taliban ACM cell in Khowst and was involved in attacks against US and Coalition forces. Detainee maintained weapons caches and facilitated the smuggling of fighters and weapons.”
- Abdul Haq Wasiq: Is believed to be 42 or 43 years old. According to the documents: “Detainee served as the Taliban Deputy Minister of Intelligence. Detainee had direct access to Taliban and Hezb-e-Islarni Gulbuddin leadership. He was central to the Taliban’s efforts to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups to fight alongside the Taliban against US and Coalition forces after the 11 September 2001 attacks. Detainee utilized his office to support al-Qaida and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture. Detainee arranged for al-Qaida personnel to train Taliban intelligence staff in intelligence methods.”
So what have been told about ISIS? Well trained, well funded, military tactics on par with a standing army, and brutal in their tactics. Any of those guys fit the bill for pulling together a rag tag group of Islamist fundamentalist and forming them into a formidable fighting force. Heck may have even brought in some their old friend from Afghanistan.
These men have direct ties to Osama bin Laden, Iran, Hamas, and the kicker…..Khorasan Group was introduced to us today.
The members of this Syria-based group are from Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. The group is creating a new sense of urgency among intelligence experts, lawmakers and others because it’s combining “the threat of Western imports” into this country with the “threat of advanced bomb-making,” CBS News reports
Muhammad Nabi #4 on the list has ties to Khowst, Afghanistan which is the name sake for the Khorasan Group. All five men are Sunni Muslims with histories of brutality against their Shia rivals, well connected in the world arms smuggling, drug smuggling so is it a big leap that these men would also be capable of sell oil on the black market? These are dangerous men, just set free on pinkie swear to stay in Qatar. Yet, almost immediately upon their release we begin to hear the story of ISIS and shortly after that brutal tactics that can be traced straight to the Taliban’s rise power in Afghanistan begin to make the nightly news. Begs the questions?
- Where are these five men today?
- Where is Sgt Bergdahl and why was he worth 5 of the most dangerous men alive
- Coincidence or was the swap for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl directly connected to creating the terror threat ISIS?
The above is pure speculation rooted in the knowledge that 5 high value terrorist aren’t traded for an Army Sgt/deserter out of simple incompetence but as part of much bigger move. Just asking the question, not saying its true. But if you think about it, can you come up with a better explanation for how a terror organization pops up out of nowhere?