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Afghan gov't objects U.S. POW exchange for Taliban prisoners amid Taliban carousing

English.news.cn   2014-06-03 19:41:36

By Haleem

KABUL, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Afghan newspapers on Tuesday reported the anger of the government over the swap of five Taliban prisoners with a U.S. soldier amid Taliban leadership happiness over the deal.

Five key Taliban leaders named Mullah Mohammad Fazil Akhund, Mullah Nurullah Nuri, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah, Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mawlawi Mohammad Nabi were set free after 13 years languishing in Guantanamo prison in swap with American soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who was handed over to U.S. side on the outskirts of Khost province on Saturday and the released Taliban leaders arrived in Qatar on Sunday to join their families and live there for one year.

These Taliban leaders were arrested by the U.S. in 2001 after ousting Taliban regime in Afghanistan. "If the prisoners are transferred to Qatar with restrictions on their movement then the Afghan government appeals for their early freedom,"Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni was quoted by the Daily Outlook as saying. "We hope the five released leaders enjoy full freedom in Qatar and are allowed access to the Afghan Embassy in Doha like other ordinary Afghans,"it added.

Meantime, another newspaper in an article published Tuesday termed the released Taliban leaders as"very dangerous"and warned the former Guantanamo detainees will rejoin the Taliban rank to fight against Afghan and the U.S.-led coalition forces. "Since Taliban elusive leader Mullah Omar described their release as big victory and welcomed, no doubt the five released leaders will rejoin the Taliban to boost the outfit's leadership and bolster the morale of Taliban fighters,"daily Etilaat-e-Roze warned in a article.

However, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar who has escaped the U.S. biggest manhunt in the region since the overthrow of his regime in 2001 in a statement posted on the outfit's website termed the release of five comrades as a"biggest victory."

Editor: Xiang Bo
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