Controversy over US soldier swap for five top Taliban prisoners

The Taliban prisoner swap for Sgt Bowe Bergdahl approved by President Obama is raising controversy in Washington amid suggestions that it may endanger American lives. Freed from Guantanamo Bay were these top Taliban commanders who must stay in Qatar for one year:  

Mullah Mohammed Fazl, was the Taliban’s former deputy defense minister and is wanted by the UN for his role in massacres targeting Afghan Shiite population.

Mullah Norullah Noori was a senior Taliban military figure, asked personally in 1995 by Osama bin Laden to participate in an offensive against northern alliance warlord Rashid Dostum.

Abdul Haq Wasiq, a former deputy minister of intelligence, at one point tried to cooperate with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former Taliban governor of Herat, described as a heroin trafficker who helped Iran plot attacks on US forces

Mohammed Nabi Omari held several military leadership posts for the Taliban and helped organize the al Qaeda/Taliban militias that fought against U.S. and coalition troops in the first year of the war.

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