Obama to Release Five Gitmo Taliban Detainees in Peace Deal With Terror Group
Another brilliant move by the community organizer in chief…
The Obama Administration will release five Gitmo Taliban detainees in a ‘peace’ deal with the Islamist terror group.
This comes two days after the Taliban murdered six British troups.
Afghan men shout anti-U.S slogans during a protest in Kabul February 23, 2012. The Taliban urged Afghans on Thursday to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Koran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani)
Five Taliban detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison have agreed to be transferred to Qatar, a move Afghanistan believes will boost a nascent peace process, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Saturday.
The transfer idea is part of U.S. efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to avoid prolonged instability in Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country at the end of 2014.
“We are hopeful this will be a positive step towards peace efforts,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi told Reuters, adding the Taliban detainees would be re-united with their families in Qatar if the transfer takes place.
It would be one of a series of good-faith measures that could set in motion the first substantial political negotiations on the conflict in Afghanistan since the Taliban government was toppled in 2001 in a U.S.-led invasion.
A year after it was unveiled, the Obama administration’s peace initiative may soon offer the United States a historic opportunity to broker an end to a war that began as the response to the September 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks on the United States.