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Taliban's Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'
The BBC ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014

Posted on 06/01/2014 9:12:23 AM PDT by kristinn

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a "big victory".

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the exchange amid criticism Congress was not given 30 days' notice before the detainees were released.

He said the US had to act quickly to save the soldier's life.

Sgt Bergdahl, who is said to be in good condition and has been flown to Germany for more treatment, was the only US soldier being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

"I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Afghan Muslim nation," said Mullah Omar, who has made no public appearances or speeches since fleeing Afghanistan in 2001 when US-led forces toppled the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks in the US.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; awol; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; deserter; gitmo; mullahomar; nationalsecurity; obamaforeignpolicy; obamascandals; secdefhagel; taliban5; terroristnegotiation; waronterror
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1 posted on 06/01/2014 9:12:24 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

“Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar”

Sadly, one of GWB’s biggest failures. We got close but never managed to nail this SOB. He should have been in the ground at least 11 years ago.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 9:14:29 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: kristinn

The taliban seem to like their friend & comrade, Clown Prince nobama.


3 posted on 06/01/2014 9:15:14 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: kristinn

Oh my! This was unexpected. /sarc


4 posted on 06/01/2014 9:15:54 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: kristinn

Didn’t Israel conduct a similar swap for one of their own?


5 posted on 06/01/2014 9:17:07 AM PDT by ex-snook (God forgives and forgets.)
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To: kristinn





6 posted on 06/01/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: kristinn

So help me out. Are there any of our enemies that arn’t celebrating one kind of victory or the other over America these days?

Russia?
China?
Iran?
Al Queda?
Taliban?
Mexican Cartels?


7 posted on 06/01/2014 9:18:51 AM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: kristinn

His health and language skills were at risk according to Hagel. So he had to quickly make the deal so he could get in line at his local VA hospital.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kristinn
But Mr Hagel, who reportedly met some of the special forces team involved in the operation on a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, said the military believed the soldier was in danger, and had to act quickly "essentially to save his life".

Translation...no longer useful, but the timing was to get the other scandals off the headlines.


9 posted on 06/01/2014 9:19:34 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: kristinn
from the article:

President Obama said on Saturday that he had received security guarantees from Qatar - which mediated the deal and where the five Afghan men have been flown - "that it will put in place measures to protect our national security".

oh well, there went the last vestige of Americans being ever safe again.

10 posted on 06/01/2014 9:19:51 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: kristinn

Well, it is a victory.

They get five of their baddest bad guys back , we get a guy who deserted his post and went awol and who , for all intents and purposes, seemed to be a Taliban sympathizer back


11 posted on 06/01/2014 9:19:53 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: ex-snook

Israel swapped prisoners for a deserter?


12 posted on 06/01/2014 9:19:54 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: ex-snook

Except Bergdahl doesn’t appear to be ‘one of our own’.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 9:20:12 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Breto

Obama is focusing all his efforts on defeating the GOP. All others get a pass.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 9:20:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: kristinn

It’s a victory all around for the Taliban. This deserter schooled the Taliban in American doctrine and techniques, fed the propaganda machine for years and now gives them back some important leaders who will return in rather short order from a temporary stay in a sympathetic Islamic country.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 9:21:10 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: jimbo123
A bunch of America haters for an America hater (or so it is being said)...


16 posted on 06/01/2014 9:21:25 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: kristinn
They traded a deserter...

...for some seriously bad dudes.

What video will Ubama blame when US soldiers and citizens are kidnapped for more trades?

17 posted on 06/01/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: kristinn

“....the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a “big victory”.”

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Hell yes, it certainly was — we’ll give you one muzzie in return for five muzzies.

Next time we’ll see you and raise your bet.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: no-to-illegals

“President Obama said on Saturday that he had received security guarantees from Qatar”

And we all know Muslims never lie to infidels.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 9:25:55 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Mullah Mohammad Fazl was wanted by the United Nations in connection with the massacre of thousands of Afghan Shiites during the Taliban’s rule.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 9:27:11 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: a fool in paradise

Obama is focusing all his efforts on defeating the GOP. All others get a pass.

You forgot to mention his war to turn American citizens into subjects. I have never seen a period in american history where the Government was in such a transparent war against its own citizenry.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 9:27:15 AM PDT by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: kristinn

They should celebrate. Looks to me like six jihadist Muslims were released in the deal.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 9:27:41 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: kristinn

America, you really scrood the pooch by electing this fraud.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 9:28:54 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: kristinn
Article III.

Section. 3.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

24 posted on 06/01/2014 9:30:46 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
“President Obama said on Saturday that he had received security guarantees from Qatar”

And an Ovaltine Decoder Ring!

25 posted on 06/01/2014 9:31:48 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: kristinn
Taliban's Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'

He's right, victory for the Taliban.

26 posted on 06/01/2014 9:33:17 AM PDT by Will88
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To: kristinn

Who made the claim to Obama that Sgt. Bergdahl’s life was in danger unless he released five Taliban terrorists ‘’quickly’’? It was the Taliban themselves.

So now, every time the Taliban want more of their terrorists released from Guantanamo, all they’ll have to do is capture an American soldier and make another phone call to Obama about the soldier’s imminent danger, and voila, more terrorists will be released until Guantanamo is empty.


27 posted on 06/01/2014 9:37:36 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: darkwing104

This is a cover for something else. This guy was one of them,I think. This story in contrived.


28 posted on 06/01/2014 9:37:50 AM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

as soon as those terrorists touch the ground they are enemy combatants again and can and should be targeted by a drone.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 9:38:42 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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FReepathon day 62, Month #3.
Don't let the Left win!


IT'S GO TIME!
Less than $4.7k to go!!

30 posted on 06/01/2014 9:39:06 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: ex-snook

There is a huge problem giving up 5 senior jihadists (who will return to duty, killing Americans and training others how to do the task) to get back a treasonous anti American deserter.

Obama? Yep! IS the Taliban in the White House.

He should be tarred, feathered and run out of town on a rail.

America needs to be restored!


31 posted on 06/01/2014 9:41:32 AM PDT by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: kristinn

This prisoner exchange will embolden the Taliban to kidnap more Americans.


32 posted on 06/01/2014 9:42:25 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: kristinn

It is so discouraging to ‘soldier on’ when the Republican-held House does nothing to impeach this traitor(Obama).I am beginning to believe that even if the Senate flips to Republican control, still nothing will be done to remove this traitor from office.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 9:44:39 AM PDT by jimbug
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To: RoosterRedux

Who is that?


34 posted on 06/01/2014 9:47:01 AM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: Mr. Peabody

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl


35 posted on 06/01/2014 9:47:45 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: kristinn

He should celebrate. This is a victory.


36 posted on 06/01/2014 9:47:59 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: kristinn
He said the US had to act quickly to save the soldier's life.

Well Hagel will have some explaining to do.

37 posted on 06/01/2014 9:51:19 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: rdcbn

This whole thing seems like a collusive setup; from the way he walked away from his post, leaving his gun and kit, his emails saying he was ashamed to be an American, the report that he was training the Taliban in ambush techniques and bomb making, his father giving thanks in Arabic, and the exchange of five high ranking Taliban from Gitmo for this probable deserter. This seems like a deal cooked up between Obama and his advisors and the terrorist leadership.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 9:52:49 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: RoosterRedux; Mr. Peabody

That is a pic of Bob Bergdahl. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl’s father.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 9:52:59 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: no-to-illegals

They all will have escaped by the Fall.


40 posted on 06/01/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: TigersEye

What’s his muslim name?


41 posted on 06/01/2014 9:55:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mike Darancette
Doing the math, I would say your hypothesis looks to be headed toward law. Is no longer a hypothesis or theory where zer0 is going next.
42 posted on 06/01/2014 9:56:02 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: kristinn

Again, the U.S. Is made to look weak. All according the President Jarretts plan.


43 posted on 06/01/2014 10:01:01 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: TigersEye; Mr. Peabody

Oops, you’re correct!


44 posted on 06/01/2014 10:03:17 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: dfwgator

Imam alKerry?


45 posted on 06/01/2014 10:03:40 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: kristinn

Damnit, I wish there was a real Mitch Rapp who could get into the WH and end this terrible nightmare.


46 posted on 06/01/2014 10:03:41 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: Uncle Chip

And they even promised him he’d be on the real waiting list, not the fake one...


47 posted on 06/01/2014 10:09:02 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson

Word from the DOD ranks is that the Dirka-Dirkas will soon be enjoying a serving of Obama’s favorite dessert: drone strikes. We had eyes-on during the exchange and still do. This was supposedly an op to follow the rats to their hiding places.

Don’t know if it’s true - we shall see - but it comes from someone with access to strategy discussions. Obama does love to use his drones.


48 posted on 06/01/2014 10:09:55 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

I don’t believe it.


49 posted on 06/01/2014 10:10:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SADMILLIE
This is a cover for something else.

See #48.

50 posted on 06/01/2014 10:13:41 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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