One of the five terrorists set free by the Obama administration has vowed to return to Afghanistan and fight Americans. A Taliban commander spoke to NBC News, stating that “Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there.”
One of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan, according to a fellow militant and a relative.
“After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.
Noori pushed to return to Afghanistan after learning that the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.
According to the Long War Journal, a leaked JTF-GTMO file indicates that Noori had been wanted by the United Nations for possible war crimes, “including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims.” Noori also fought alongside Al Qaeda in Afghanistan prior to the September 11th attacks.
A relative of freed terrorist Noori says the Taliban commanders released by the Obama administration are considered heroes.
“We thought we may not see them again as once you land in the hands of Americans, it’s difficult to come out alive,” he said. “But it was a miracle that Allah Almighty gave us Bergdahl and we got back our heroes.”
While on the surface it would seem Noori would have to wait a year to get into Afghanistan and fight American troops, it’s important to note that there is a case history involving Qatar, an agreement with the U.S., and the subsequent travel of a supposedly restricted former Gitmo detainee.
Jarallah al-Marri was a former Guantanamo detainee released to Qatar in 2008 with a guarantee that he would not be allowed to travel outside the country. However, al-Marri was able to fly to Britain on two separate occasions the following year.
The details regarding the newly released terrorists year-long transfer to Qatar have not been made public. Confinement within the emirate is not one condition they’ll be subjected to in the first place, as a Persian Gulf official told Reuters, the men are free to move about Qatar, and no U.S. officials would be involved in monitoring their movements.
A recent Fox News poll shows that 84% of voters believe that making deals with terrorists will only encourage them to take more American soldiers hostage.
Cross-posted at the Political Insider