Skip to comments.Taliban's Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'
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.
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“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.
The taliban seem to like their friend & comrade, Clown Prince nobama.
Oh my! This was unexpected. /sarc
Didn’t Israel conduct a similar swap for one of their own?
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?
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.
Translation...no longer useful, but the timing was to get the other scandals off the headlines.
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.
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
Israel swapped prisoners for a deserter?
Except Bergdahl doesn’t appear to be ‘one of our own’.
Obama is focusing all his efforts on defeating the GOP. All others get a pass.
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.
...for some seriously bad dudes.
What video will Ubama blame when US soldiers and citizens are kidnapped for more trades?
“....the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a “big victory”.”
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.
“President Obama said on Saturday that he had received security guarantees from Qatar”
And we all know Muslims never lie to infidels.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl was wanted by the United Nations in connection with the massacre of thousands of Afghan Shiites during the Taliban’s rule.
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