At least two senior Taliban leaders are prisoners released by former US President Barack Obama from Guantanamo. One of them also played a key role in the recent Taliban occupation of Afghanistan.
Two senior Taliban leaders, Khairullah Khairkhwa (right) and Mohammad Nabi Omari (left), were prisoners in the US military’s Guantanamo prison. They were released by Barack Obama, then President of the United States, in 2014. (Video screenshot)
These two senior Taliban leaders are Mr. Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mr. Mohammad Nabi Omari. Both are members of the Taliban delegation negotiating with the Afghan government. Khairkwa was also the mastermind of the planning, allowing the Taliban to take over Afghanistan and seize power during the recent US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Both men were prisoners of the US military at Guantanamo Prison. In 2014, they and three other Taliban leaders were held at Guantanamo prison, and were released by then-US President Barack Obama.
According to a report by the American News Network (OANN) on August 18, at the time, the Pentagon classified Khairkwa as a prisoner “too dangerous to be released”. But Mr. Obama assured the American people that the Taliban leaders were released, there would be no action against the United States.
However, since Khairkwa’s release in 2014, he has become an important member of the Taliban regime in Qatar. He is now the mastermind of the Taliban’s takeover of power in Afghanistan.
At the White House press conference on August 17, several media outlets asked Ms. Jen Psaki, the White House spokeswoman, how President Biden currently feels about the leader of the Taliban terrorist organization that Biden. released from Guantanamo prison, as Vice President under Obama, has now become the mastermind of the Taliban occupation of Afghanistan? Ms. Psaki changed the subject and said that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan was negotiated by former President Trump and the Taliban, to blame Mr. Trump.
Psaki delivers an embarrassing word salad when asked about Biden having released a top Taliban commando from GITMO as VP, then tries to shift blame on Trump
What a complete dumpster fire. pic.twitter.com/TMuYbDXhKx
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 17, 2021
After taking office, Mr. Biden continued to inherit the policies of former President Obama. In July of this year, he also released a Taliban terrorist, Abdul Latif Nasser.
In 2014, Mr. Obama released five Taliban leaders, in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl, a US Army deserter who was captured by the Taliban.
In late June 2009, Bowe Bergdahl, then 23 years old, left his post without permission and was later captured by Taliban gunmen.
From the content of the last email Bowe Bergdahl sent to his parents before defecting, it can be seen that he was ashamed of being an American and felt sympathy for the Taliban.
After Bowe Bergdahl was held prisoner by the Taliban for five years, Obama traded five key Taliban figures at Guantanamo for his return.
At the end of May 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Mr. Obama held a welcome ceremony and praised Bowe Bergdahl as an “American hero”. At the time, this caused a wave of outcry among the public.