Officials: Taliban's New Top Operations Officer Is Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee

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  1. Revmitchell

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    WASHINGTON — The Taliban's new top operations officer in southern Afghanistan had been a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, the latest example of a freed detainee who took a militant leadership role and a potential complication for the Obama administration's efforts to close the prison.

    U.S. authorities handed over the detainee to the Afghan government, which in turn released him, according to Pentagon and CIA officials.

    Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007. Rasoul is now known as Mullah Abdullah Zakir, a nom de guerre that Pentagon and intelligence officials say is used by a Taliban leader who is in charge of operations against U.S. and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.

    The officials, who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to release the information, said Rasoul has joined a growing faction of former Guantanamo prisoners who have rejoined militant groups and taken action against U.S. interests. Pentagon officials have said that as many as 60 former detainees have resurfaced on foreign battlefields.

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    So with all that Bush was doing, illegal water boarding and listening to our calls etc..., he let a leader go? And we are keeping people that we have no charges for??? This thing gets crazier by the day. We'd do better to get out of this mess.
     
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    Waterboarding is not illegal and Odrama reserves the right to do the same.
     
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    Apparently you can't sit down and reason with terrorists and them decide to stop being terrorists(like obama thought). Obama released an enemy terrorist so he could go out and continue terrorism. How foolish. Releasing terrorists back into the world.
    I didn't see Bush listed in the op's coments. Off topic, again, to draw attention away from the savior obama.
     
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    Maybe you should read a little closer:

    "Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul, formerly Guantanamo prisoner No. 008, was among 13 Afghan prisoners released to the Afghan government in December 2007."

    Somehow I don't think Obama released this guy in December 2007. So now we can say, "Bush released an enemy terrorist so he could go out and continue terrorism. How foolish."
     
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    maybe you should look and see how many obama is currently releasing. he is our current president.
     
  7. matt wade

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    The topic is about one terrorist in particular that was released. You commented on it and made a mistake. It's OK. Mistakes are allowed. Just don't try and turn the conversation in another direction when you make one.

    For the record, I'm not a fan of terrorists being released under any administration :).
     
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    He hasn't release any yet and why are you so tough on him after the last administration released this guy?
     
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    If he didn't hate us pre-Gitmo he does now. Any normal person would.
     

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