February 24, 2015

USA: President Obama To Hold Talks With Taliban Leaders He Freed In Qatar. Ugh :/

Obama sent these 5 High Ranking Taliban monsters to Qatar in exchange for a US Military DESERTER. Qatar has been providing a safe harbor for all of the Islamic militant leaders that are known by various names ie; Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, ISIS aka ISIL, etc etc etc. Obama has been using his US Presidential powers to pave the wave for their global call to jihad. Yes, Obama is their Trojan Horse.
Frontpage Mag
written by Daniel Greenfield
Thursday February 19, 2015

Now we know why Obama is freeing so many terrorists from Gitmo on any thin shred of an excuse he can find. He’s just looking for peace partners to negotiate with and appease all their legitimate grievances. (Like the Gitmo mashed potatoes having too many chunks, synagogues having too much security and Christian heads being too hard to chop off.)
Members of the Afghan Taliban were due to hold direct talks with American officials in Qatar on Thursday, two senior militants told NBC News.

The delegation is led by Tayyab Agha, a close aide of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar, one of the sources told NBC News from Qatar. He added that it also includes five former Taliban commanders freed from Guantanamo Bay in a controversial exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014.

“Finally we are going to sit with each other. The first round of our talks with U.S. officials is being held today on Thursday,” that senior member of the Afghan Taliban said by the telephone. “We aren’t hopeful it will resolve all the differences in one day, [but] it can provide us an opportunity to study each other’s mind and pave the way for further talks.”
If these work half as well as the Iranian talks, the Taliban will have nuclear weapons and control three Middle Eastern countries by next year.

And Qatar, the state sponsor of Hamas, ISIS and Al Jazeera, is the perfect venue for these negotiations.
New York Daily News
written by Dan Friedman, Edgar Sandoval, Stephen Rex Brown, Larry McShane
Tuesday June 3, 2014

he President defended his decision to swap five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But he also acknowledged that the Taliban fighters could once again engage in efforts that are detrimental to U.S. security.

President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his Taliban prisoner swap could blow up in his face — or somewhere else around the globe.

The five hardened terrorists sprung from Guantanamo Bay for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return could rejoin the jihad on America, the President conceded in defending his decision.

“Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” Obama told a news conference in Warsaw.

“That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo. There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place.”

A top Middle Eastern official said officials in Qatar would do little to hinder the terrorists.

The unidentified official told Reuters that the Taliban leaders had already moved into a residential compound in the capital, Doha, and could “move around freely” within the nation. The source said the terrorists will not be treated like prisoners and U.S. officials will not be allowed to monitor them.

Mullah Salem Khan, a Taliban commander in Afghanistan, said the men were already bracing for battle. “As soon as they arrived in Qatar, they rejoined the Taliban,” he told The Daily Beast website. “We don’t care about U.S. conditions and obstacles.”

The comments seemed to contradict the President, who promised the U.S. would be “keeping eyes on them.”

Obama dismissed concerns from the Pentagon and intelligence officials about the risks of releasing the five, Time magazine reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the President was swayed by two secret videos that showed Bergdahl’s condition deteriorating rapidly — videos that brought Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on board with the swap.

But the decision even came under friendly fire Tuesday, with Democrats joining infuriated Republican critics of the weekend deal.

Elected officials howled that an arrogant White House made the deal without congressional consultation, and a top administration aide apologized for leaving them in the dark.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), head of the House Intelligence Committee, said the White House opened the door for the freed prisoners to kill Americans overseas.

“Four are serious commanders likely to return to the battlefield ... those individuals are likely to reengage in combat operations against U.S. soldiers,” said Rogers on MSNBC. “That’s unconscionable.”

Bergdahl may have left his base at least once before his 2009 disappearance and returned safely, Military Times reported Tuesday, citing officials familiar with a classified report.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) ripped the administration for its failure to consult Congress before sealing the deal — which he said put U.S. diplomats and soldiers at risk.

“One of their greatest protections — knowing that the United States does not negotiate with terrorists — has been compromised,” he said.

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) said he expected various House committees to hold hearings on the move when they return next week from recess.

“There is a lot here that doesn’t add up,” said King.

The deal was sealed Saturday at around 10:30 a.m., and Rogers said word wasn’t passed along to his committee until later in the afternoon.

Feinstein said a deputy national security adviser called her office Monday to apologize for the administration’s failure to notify her as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee before Saturday’s swap.


Washington Free Beacon
written by Lachlan Markay
November 6, 2014

he Department of Defense attempted to pay a ransom for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl but the transaction’s Afghan intermediary ran off with the cash, according to a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

The claims directly contradict statements from the Pentagon, which has vehemently denied that it paid cash to a Taliban splinter group that captured Bergdahl in 2009. The administration in May released five-value Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

However, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) claims that cash did in fact change hands, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In a letter to the Pentagon released Wednesday, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.) said a payment was made to an Afghan intermediary early this year to help secure the May 31 release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for nearly five years by the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, which is classified as a terrorist organization. […]

In his letter, Mr. Hunter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to make new inquires with the Joint Special Operations Command about the allegations that the U.S. made the payment.

According to Mr. Hunter, the intermediary took the money but disappeared and failed to secure Sgt. Bergdahl’s release. Mr. Hunter didn’t specify how much money was paid to the Afghan intermediary, and didn’t identify the sources of his information.
Hunter’s allegations are partially consistent with the assessment of a veteran intelligence officer involved in the five-year hunt for Bergdahl who told the Washington Free Beacon in June that a ransom was almost surely paid.

He described the Haqqani network as more of an organized crime outfit than an ideological group of “Mujahids.” They are motivated by money and power, he said, not the perceived religious conflict that animates most Afghan militants.
“The Haqqanis could give a rat’s ass about prisoners,” the official said. […]

[He] cited his work over the course of a decade dealing with hostage situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Haqqani, he said, “benefits zero from the prisoner exchange. … Based on 10 years of working with those guys, the only thing that would make them move Bergdahl is money.”
The Wall Street Journal notes that revived allegations of a cash ransom could reanimate congressional investigations into the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s release.
The U.S. government is prohibited from paying ransom to terror groups, such as the Haqqani Network. However, it isn’t clear whether a payment to an Afghan intermediary who isn’t a member of a terror group would constitute an illegal ransom.

The Republican congressional victories on Tuesday could breathe new life into congressional investigations into the deal that secured Sgt. Bergdahl’s release.

Washington Free Beacon continues in another article...

The theory relies in large measure on a distinction that has been lost in much of the press coverage of the Bergdahl deal. A number of news reports on the circumstances surrounding the prisoner exchange have used “Haqqani” and “Taliban” interchangeably.

Experts say that obscures very real differences between the two groups that are key to understanding the deal that freed Bergdahl.

The Taliban is an ideologically committed group, they say, while the Haqqani Network is better understood as a tribal crime syndicate using unrest in the region not to advance an Islamist agenda but to further own financial and political interests.

“When Westerners talk [about the] Taliban, we tend to use it as a generic term,” said American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin, a former Middle East advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. “Afghans are more likely to talk about the Haqqani Network versus the Quetta Shura [also known as the Afghan Taliban] versus the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.”

Four of the five prisoners released from Guantanamo were top Taliban commanders. One western diplomat said their release was “like moving the whole Quetta Shura to Qatar.”

Only one of the freed terrorists, Nabi Omari, was part of the Haqqani Network. But the presence of other more senior Haqqani prisoners at Guantanamo has observers wondering whether the network’s goal in the exchange was actually the release of Gitmo prisoners.

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