This is no surprise. In fact, it was a long time coming. People are angry that Obama negotiated with terrorists, but he doesn’t seem to consider the Taliban to be terrorists. Remember that Karzai says that Obama told him: “The Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.”
“Goats slaughtered across Afghanistan in celebration of Taliban prisoners released in exchange for Bergdahl,” by Helen Pow, Daily Mail, June 2, 2014:
Goats have been slaughtered and served up across Afghanistan as the Taliban celebrates the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees as part of a prisoner exchange.
A senior member of the Afghan Taliban has described the exchange of the five detainees for U.S. Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl as a ‘historic moment for us’.
The five detainees – Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi and Abdul Haq Wasiq – are thought to be the most senior Afghans who were held at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba, having been captured during America’s military campaign in 2001.
The Taliban commander told NBC News the exchange was the first time its ‘enemy’ had ‘officially recognized our status.’
He said: ‘Once we confirmed the arrival of our five heroes back in Qatar, celebrations started everywhere in Afghanistan and the neighboring Pakistan.’
He went on to say: ‘Goats are being slaughtered and served with guests and in some places goats are being cooked in rice.’
The news comes as a pro-Taliban website published a video that claims to show the Taliban detainees arriving in Qatar after being released from Guantanamo Bay as part of the prisoner exchange.
In footage released by nunn.asia, a group of men wearing traditional Muslim dress gather on a roadside in what is said to be Qatar. The five men, who were switched for Sgt Bergdahl, were to be sent to Qatar where they will remain for at least a year.
When the former prisoners – it’s not clear if all of them are present or just a few – pull up in a convoy of black SUVs, they receive a warm reception, with lots of hugs from the awaiting, clearly jubilant, supporters. There is no American presence in sight….