Obama Considers Releasing Top Taliban Detainee Jump Start Peace Talks

The White House is considering the release of a top Taliban Detainee as part of a prisoner exchange for a peace deal with the Taliban.  1851 US soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan and more than 15,000 have been wounded.   The Taliban ruled Afghanistan prior to being driven out by US Forces and the Northern Alliance.

While the Obama Administration gloats when it comes to taking out Al Qaeda, it still hasn’t been able to eliminate the Taliban.  Earlier this year the White House denied having held talks with the Taliban.  Now, in rush to end the war in Afghanistan, Obama is willing to hand over some of the most dangerous Gitmo detainees.

Surely even Obama can’t believe that the Taliban would just lay down their arms for a prisoner exchange and share power with Hamid Karzai.  Are the almost ten  years of war and the loss of 1851 American soldiers worthless so that now the effort can be just thrown away


Reuters reported:
The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.

The potential hand-over of Mohammed Fazl, a ‘high-risk detainee’ held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since early 2002, has set off alarms on Capitol Hill and among some U.S. intelligence officials.

As a senior commander

of the Taliban army, Fazl is alleged to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shi’ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001.

According to U.S. military documents made public by WikiLeaks, he was also on the scene of a November 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann, the first American who died in combat in the Afghan war. There is no evidence, however, that Fazl played any direct role in Spann’s death.

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