Khairullah Khairkhwa, arrested after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002-2014 after Pentagon officials accused him of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden and was deemed too dangerous to be released, the New York Post reported Monday night.
Khairkhwa was released along with four other Taliban commanders in exchange for an American deserter in 2014. Former President Obama assured the public that the commanders would be sent to Qatar and kept from causing trouble in Afghanistan. Instead Qatar was used as a base to forma regime in exile.
Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund, among prisoners released by the Afghan government as a result of the February 2020 peace deal signed by the Trump administration and the Taliban, on Tuesday returned to Afghanistan for the first time in nearly 20 years, Yahoo News reported Wednesday.
Obama has not yet issued a statement on the collapse of Afghanistan, and commenting on his Instagram page was temporarily halted Monday morning after it was flooded with calls for him to do something about the takeover.