Taliban reportedly ‘encouraged’ to kidnap
Go figure. I’m surprised more haven’t already been taken. Thanks Obama.
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The swap of five high-level Taliban operatives — dubbed a jihadist “Dream Team” — for a U.S. Army sergeant accused by fellow soldiers of desertion has “encouraged” the Afghan terror group to kidnap more U.S. service members, according to a report.
A source described as a Taliban commander close to the negotiations that led to the release of Bowe Bergdahl told Time magazine the group wants to grab more Americans for similar deals.
“It’s better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people,” the commander told the magazine on condition of anonymity. “It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird.”
The trade has been ripped by Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers, as well as critics who say negotiating with terror groups breaks longstanding U.S. precedent. They also fear the fighters will return to the battlefield, where U.S. forces remain.
President Obama acknowledged Wednesday that the Guantanamo Bay prisoners described by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., as a jihadist “Dream Team,” could go back to battle. The five include Mohammed Fazi, a senior commander of the Taliban Army wanted by the United Nations for war crimes related to the murders of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan.