Without much publicity or official announcements, the Unites States released five Guantanamo Bay detainees as a nod of willingness to open peace talks in Afghanistan. After officials in Kabul expressed desire for negotiations, the Obama administration released five members of the Taliban who were detained at the US detention center.
A top US official said that the prisoners were released under the condition that they will not engage in any violent activity.
That should work out well. As Zip points out, the Taliban had earlier offered to exchange them for a captured American soldier.
The Afghan Taliban have offered to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their own currently incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay.
It came as the US was trying to save peace talks with the Taliban which have been held up following angry complaints by Afghan president Hamid Karzai.
Releasing terrorists is unacceptable, but worse still, Obama is releasing them in exchange for terrorist goodwill, rather than bringing a captured American home.
This gesture from the US government was a departure from the Obama administration’s policy of zero tolerance to negotiations with terrorists and releasing prisoners; thus, in preparation for talks with Afghan officials, the US state department redefined the Taliban as an organization that is no longer included in the US enemy list.
Well that solves that. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We just rename them so they’re no longer enemies or terrorists.