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Newsmax: A Taliban commander released from the Guantanamo Bay prison by former President Barack Obama masterminded the takeover of Kabul, it was reported.
Khairullah Khairkhwa, arrested after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-14 after Pentagon officials accused him of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden and was deemed too dangerous to be released, the New York Post reported Monday night.
Khairkhwa was released in exchange for an American deserter, who later was court-martialed. At the time of the 2014 release, Obama assured the public that Khairkhwa and four other enemy combatants would be transferred to Qatar and kept from causing any trouble in Afghanistan.
However, the freed detainees quickly used Qatar as a base to form a regime in exile.
In fact, members of the Taliban Five were recognized by Western diplomats as official representatives of the movement during recent “peace” talks, the Post said. Khairkhwa actually sat across the table from President Joe Biden’s envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Moscow.
Khairkhwa was part of the official Taliban delegation that negotiated the final terms of the U.S. withdrawal.
“I started jihad to remove foreign forces from my country and establish an Islamic government, and jihad will continue until we reach that goal through a political agreement,” Khairkhwa said at the summit.
Taliban fighters told Al Jazeera they were arranging to bring back their leadership from Qatar upon securing the Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan.