I’m not sure how to feel about this. There’s plenty of questions that have been raised about the circumastances of Bowie Bergdahl’s capture. There are also issues that the President didn’t seem to let congress know this was happening. Yes there is the “leave no man behind” adage, but this isn’t cut and dry.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Congress on Saturday that the United States would be transferring five detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Their release is in exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan nearly five years ago.
Though Hagel did not mention any names in his statement, TIME has confirmed their identities with a senior administration official.
Previous releases of terror suspects from Guantanamo have seen mixed results. Some have returned to private life, others have gone on to fight again in Afghanistan and now in Syria. That’s the case with Ibrahim bin Shakaran, a former Moroccan detainee who was recently killed while commanding an al-Qaeda-affiliated extremist group in Syria.
This time, the U.S. isn’t taking any chances. The five, high-ranking members of the Afghan Taliban — whose names were first floated as part of an…
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