Thinking Aloud: Who’s Who in the Afghan Deal

Thinking Aloud: Who’s Who in the Afghan Deal

Not What You Might Think

June 2, 2014 by Darius 

The recent prisoner exchange between the US and the Taliban saw captured US soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released after being held by the Taliban for five years.  In exchange, five senior Taliban officials were transferred from Guantanamo to Qatar.  They will remain in Qatar for a year and then be released.  Looking past the political posturing of US Republicans and Afghan officials, who are put out that they were not consulted, exactly who were the five members of the Taliban released?

  • Khirullah Khairkhwa was a founding member of the Taliban and governor of Herat province when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.  He was considered a moderate within the Taliban and a close friend of President Karzai.  Some hold up hopes that he could serve as a negotiator between the Taliban and the US government.
  • The second of the five is Mullah Mohammad Fazl Mazloom, who…

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