Brethren, can you imagine the way the families of the victims of 9/11 feel today? How would YOU feel after reading this headline? And how about families of soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan?
- New Taliban government includes four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners
- They were released in a prisoner swap in 2014 in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl
- Bergdahl was an admitted Army deserter held hostage by the Haqqani network
- The Taliban unveiled its new interim government on Tuesday
- It included a wanted terrorist and the four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners
- White House said: ‘There is no rush to recognition’ of the Taliban government
- The Taliban has used social media to present a more inclusive face to the world
- But its government includes many of the same faces from its pre-9/11 regime
- Rep. Mike Waltz said it was a ‘slap in the face’ to every veteran and victims of 9/11
Four top members of the Taliban‘s new interim government are former Guantanamo Bay prisoners who were freed by the Obama administration in a prisoner exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
The four new officials were members of the hardline ‘Guantanamo Five’ who were traded to free Bergdahl from the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in 2014.
The Taliban on Tuesday announced the appointment of 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 four men, who also took part in direct negotiations with the US at the Doha summit last year, spent about 13 years in the military prison camp before they were freed in a trade for the admitted deserter, who was captured by insurgents after wandering off his post.
Four of the so-called Guantanamo Five were named to the Taliban government on Tuesday. They included Abdul Haq Wasiq (left) as director of intelligence and Mullah Noorullah Noori as minister of borders and tribal affairs. They were held at Guantanamo Bay for 12 years before being released in exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl (l) returns to the role he held before 9/11, becoming deputy defense minister while Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah will be information and culture minister in the new Taliban administration
Republican Rep. Mike Waltz, a former Green Beret who served in Afghanistan, expressed his disgust that key positions will now be held by the former Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
‘I have déjà vu knowing it’s the same national security team in place now that then “exchanged” such high-value terrorists for traitor Bowe Bergdahl,’ he told DailyMail.com.
‘I personally led searches for Bergdahl and soldiers in other units lost their lives in search of him.
‘Seeing these former Guantanamo prisoners now in charge of a terrorist state that will once again threaten the homeland is a slap in the face to every veteran, gold star family, and victims of 9/11.
‘Despite this, the Biden Administration has still yet to learn appeasement has serious national security consequences and we are more unsafe now as a result of this disastrous withdrawal.’
One of the most feared figures of the four is Mullah Mohammad Fazl. He returns to the role he held in the pre-9/11 government as deputy defense minister.
He is alleged to be responsible for killing thousands of Afghanistan’s minority Shia.
He, along with the other four, were released as part of a deal for Bergdahl. The fifth member of the Guantanamo Five, Mohammad Nabi Omari, was appointed governor of eastern Khost Province last month.
Abdul Haq Wasiq, head of the National Directorate of Security, was also freed as part of the Bergdahl deal.
He was previously the deputy minister of intelligence for the Taliban. He also took part in political negotiations with the US in Doha.
Another of the Guantanamo Five, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah, will be information and culture minister.
Mullah Noorullah Noori, who served as governor of several provinces under the previous Taliban government, will be minister of borders and tribal affairs#.
Human rights groups have also accused him of committing atrocities against Shia and, like Fazl, his troops surrendered to U.S. forces in 2001 only to launch a prison revolt that sparked one of the biggest battles of the early war and claimed the first American life.
Women were also absent from the new government announced in Kabul.
On Tuesday, the White House press secretary said President Joe Biden was in no hurry to recognize the new Taliban government of Afghanistan.
The appointments – including Sirajuddin Haqqani, who carries a $10 million State Department bounty on his head, as interior minister – will dash hopes that the Taliban’s slick media campaign would translate into a more moderate movement.
Afghanistan’s new interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head and is wanted for an attack on a Kabul that killed six people, including an American
Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters: ‘There is no rush to recognition.
‘It is really going to be dependent on what steps the Taliban takes.
‘The world will be watching – the United States included – and they will be watching whether they allow for American citizens and citizens of other countries to depart, whether they allow individuals who want to leave the country to leave, whether they allow for humanitarian assistance to travel, how they treat women and girls around the country.’
U.S. officials were forced to work with the Taliban during a chaotic evacuation mission.
Now governments, the United Nations and aid agencies must grapple with how to deliver emergency help to a country facing a humanitarian disaster while avoiding giving legitimacy to a government that looks much like the one ousted in 2001.
Diplomats have repeatedly urged the Taliban to respect the human rights of Afghans but the new administration in Kabul, unveiled three weeks after the Taliban swept to military victory as U.S.-led foreign forces withdrew, offered no sign of a more moderate face.
Doesn’t this just bring you back to the Obama administration and the so-called “Arab Spring” which was orchestrated by Obama, Hillary and of course – funded by SOROS?
But remember, brethren……..God is in control and he laughs at the plans of these wicked players:
“The wicked plots against the just,
And gnashes at him with his teeth.
The Lord laughs at him,
For He sees that his day is coming” (Psalm 37:12-13)