releasing Gitmo inmates, and not just any Gitmo terrorist, but top Taliban intelligence official who kept Stinger missiles and uranium at his farm. But it even gets worse than this. The Afghans gave “security guarantees” that there is no requirement this uranium terrorist and 3 others to be held in prison and they are said to be likely sent home to their families.President Barack Obama having not succeeded in keeping his promise to close Gitmo within a year of becoming president is now resorting to a different tactic. He is
The uranium terrorist is Mohammed Zahir, who was also to top it all
off, a leading Taliban weapons supplier, according to his official
Guantanamo file, leaked three years ago to The Telegraph by the
Wikileaks hacker group.
“Detainee was arrested on suspicion of possessing weapons including
Stinger missiles and uranium, which detainee’s recovered documents
indicate was intended for use in a nuclear device,” Zahir’s threat
The release followed a request by Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf
Ghani, and were said to be a sign of the US’s greater confidence in the
Afghan authorities since he replaced Hamid Karzai, the former president
originally backed by Washington but with whom relations had soured.
“The United States is grateful to the government of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan for its willingness to support ongoing U.S.
efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the Pentagon
“The United States coordinated with the government of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan to ensure these transfers took place consistent
with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”
The Afghans gave “security guarantees” over the four but there is no
requirement that they be held and they are said to be likely to be
returned to their families.
More than half the remaining inmates are Yemenis, whose return is
being hampered by the country’s current three-way civil war between the
government, Al-Qaeda and Shia Houthi rebels.
Zahir and the other three men, two of them members of militias linked
to the Taliban, were released after their threat level was dramatically
According to a Pentagon statement released on Saturday, they were
flown overnight to Kabul and handed over to the Afghan authorities, but
it did not give a reason. However, the Associated Press news agency
quoted a “senior official” saying that “most, if not all, of the
terrorism accusations against the men had been discarded and each is
considered a low-level operative at best”.
President Barack Obama promised to close the Guantanamo Bay
internment facility within a year of becoming president, but had to
backtrack amid uncertainty over what to do with its hundreds of inmates.
After a series of releases, some to third countries, 132 now remain.
Six other prisoners were sent to Uruguay earlier this month. This is the
first group to be returned to Afghanistan since 2009.
Some former inmates, especially a celebrated group of Saudi jihadis
known as “Batch 10” who were repatriated in 2007, have rejoined
al-Qaeda. However, subsequent releases have been deemed low risk.
Zahir was said when recommended for continued detention seven years
ago to be a “veteran high-level member of the Taliban Intelligence
Directorate” as well as having links to narcotics smuggling.
Of the other three, Abdul Ghani was a member of an assassination
squad who admitted to having been involved in at least one rocket attack
on US forces; Khi Ali Gul was said to have ties to the Haqqani
terrorist network and to have planned and executed attacks against US
and Coalition forces; and Shawali Khan, who was said to be the nephew of
a leader of the Taliban-linked Hezb-E-Islami Gulbuddin with possible
ties to al-Qaeda and Iranian extremist elements.
All this is in addition that two weeks ago
the U.S. military in Afghanistan has handed over three Pakistani
detainees to Islamabad, including one who Pakistani intelligence
officers said is a senior Taliban commander long wanted by the Pakistani
government. The transfer of Latif Mehsud, a close confidante of the
former head of the Pakistani Taliban, underlines the improving relations
between the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The U.S. did not name the prisoners but two Pakistani intelligence
officials say Mehsud was among them. The officials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
“Yesterday, acting on behalf of the United States Government, we
transferred custody of three Pakistanis held in U.S. custody in
Afghanistan to Pakistan. This followed consultations between the United
States and Pakistan and after receiving appropriate assurances. We
cannot comment on the identities of the detainees,” the U.S. military
The actions and inactions of Obama give great energy to Islamic
Terrorists. Some say that the actions of Obama in confronting
Terrorists are often not logical, but that’s naiveté since if you put a
fox in the henhouse, you will get dead chickens. But in Obama’s case,
how can the foxes enter the henhouse without first releasing the tight
grab of the trap.
The Taliban is instrumental in Pakistan, and we must remember the
dangers of Pakistan’s nuclear getting into the hands of ISIS which we
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