Four of the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration in a prisoner trade for Bowe Bergdahl are now part of the Taliban’s hardline government in Afghanistan, according to local reports.
“The four members of the so-called ‘Taliban Five’ who have joined the new government are Acting Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl, and Acting Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah,” the New York Post noted Wednesday. “The fifth member of the Taliban Five, Mohammad Nabi Omari, was appointed governor of eastern Khost province last month.”
“Wasiq, Fazl and Khairkhah all held positions in the former Taliban government,” the Post noted, which is why the three ended up on GitMo. “Wasiq as a deputy intelligence chief, Fazl as army chief of staff and Khairkhah as interior minister.”
Wasiq “utilized his office to support [al Qaeda] and to assist Taliban personnel elude capture,” the outlet