The Taliban introduced the appointment of Mohammad Nabi Omari, a former Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (GTMO) detainee who has shut ties to al Qaeda, to governor of the Khost Province in Afghanistan, days after the Islamic army group took over the nation and is establishing a authorities.
In line with congressional records, Omari was a part of a 5 prisoner commerce in the course of the Obama administration in 2014 in trade for captured American Military Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for years after strolling off a U.S. army base in 2009. The Taliban prisoners free of GTMO, also referred to as the “Taliban 5,” joined the group’s political workplace in Qatar after launch, in response to an announcement from a Taliban spokesperson on the time.
In line with declassified documents, all 5 launched prisoners had been senior Taliban leaders and Omari particularly held the position of Taliban communications chief and border chief.
In a 2014 letter to the Senate Armed Companies Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., slammed the Obama administration for releasing the “Taliban Dream Workforce.” “They’ve American blood on their palms and absolutely as night time follows day they are going to return to the struggle. In impact, we launched the ‘Taliban Dream Workforce.'”
Invoice Roggio, senior fellow on the Basis for Protection of Democracies, tweeted Tuesday that Omari is a pacesetter of the Haqqani community, a Sunni Islamist militant group, a former GTMO detainee and has “shut ties to [al] Qaeda.”
Omari, together with different members of the Taliban 5, additionally appeared to be involved within the Trump administration’s 2020 negotiations for Afghan peace.
Khost Province, which might be below Omari’s rule, contains Khost, the most important metropolis within the southeastern a part of the nation, and borders neighboring Pakistan. The Taliban has been amassing energy and management over Afghanistan because the fast withdrawal of U.S.-led NATO forces within the nation.
The U.S. remains to be working to evacuate People and Afghan companions earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline agreed to by the Taliban for full withdrawal.
The Division of Protection didn’t present an announcement in response to Fox Information’ request for remark relating to Omari’s GTMO detainment and launch.