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Taliban Appoints Guantanamo Bay Convict—Freed by Obama Administration—as Governor

The Taliban has announced the appointment of Mohammad Nabi Omari, a previous “high risk threat to national security”, who was detained at Guantanamo Bay, was traded back to Afghanistan in 2014, the deal being executed by the Obama Administration.

Now, Mohammad Nani Omari has been named governor of Khost, the capital city of Khost Province, Afghanistan.

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Mohammad Nabi Omari

In 2014, Omari was one of the five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay traded for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan, resulting in his capture. Beginning in 2009, Sgt. Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for years.

Numerous troops were seriously injured during search-and-rescue missions set out to find him. Two of them suffered disabling injuries: Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen, was shot in the head searching for Bergdahl, leaving him confined to a wheelchair and unable to talk. Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch, was shot in the leg on another search the next day, leaving him with a permanent limp.

The Taliban prisoners who were traded, and freed from Guantanamo Bay, became known publicly as the “Taliban Five”.


The “Taliban 5”

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An Army intelligence official cited “circumstantial evidence” between Sgt. Bergdahl’s 5 years in Taliban captivity and the modern Taliban’s “suddenly more accurate and deadly targeting of US convoys and troops” saying “They wouldn’t have kept him alive if he hadn’t provided information.”

Upon the takeover of Afghanistan, Taliban shooters have set out door to door, hunting the Afghani citizens and any Afghan military who cooperated with Americans. They see the the past two decades of U.S. presence as ‘oppression’ against violent organizations who hold deranged interpretations of religion.

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Meanwhile, many Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan, awaiting evacuation and a strategy from U.S. President Joe Biden, who’s disorganized handling of the Afghanistan evacuation has left many unanswered questions.

Questions including how many Americans still remain, the Pentagon stating they have no idea how many are still in need of assistance. Why was information, technology, weapons, aircraft, and an entire country given to the Taliban? How will this loss of U.S. technology, allies, and knowledge of al-Qaeda activity improve America?

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