- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2014

All five terror suspects the Obama administration exchanged for the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl on Saturday were deemed in a 2008 Pentagon dossier to be  ‘high risk’ for launching attacks on American interests if released. 

A Senior U.S. defense official confirmed the identities of the five Taliban commanders Saturday, the Daily Best reported.

Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari are set to be released from Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba, The Daily Beast reported.

“They are undoubtedly among the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior editor at the non-profit Long War Journal.

All five were major Taliban officials. According to Pentagon dossiers leaked by Wikileaks, details on four of the terror suspects reveal:

• Mohammad Fazl was the terrorist group’s former deputy minister.

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• Abdul Haq Wasiq was a former deputy minster of intelligence.

• Mr. Khairkhwa was a former heroine trafficker and Taliban governor of Herat.

• Norullah Noori was personally asked by Osama Bin Laden to participate in northern drug wars.


• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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