Taliban Five travel ban extended

As of now, the Qatari government will not lift the travel restrictions of the Taliban Five. These men have lived in Qatar since they were traded to secure the freedom of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Bergdahl was captured in 2009 and had been held for five years until his release in 2014. His release was orchestrated through trading the Taliban Five for his freedom. Since then, the U.S. government has charged Bergdahl with desertion. Bergdahl is facing a possible life sentence.

“The five figures the U.S. relinquished to secure Bergdahl’s release were Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Nori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari. They were mostly mid- to high-level officials in the Taliban regime.”

As part of the release terms, the Taliban Five have been in Qatar awaiting their fate. The U.S. Government released them to Qatar where they are able to live with their families while the Qatari government monitors them. Recently, the U.S. government asked for the travel restrictions to remain in place. Qatar has agreed for the short-term, but wants to work with the U.S. and Afghani governments to come up with a permanent solution.

The big concern of course, is about whether these men pose an ongoing threat tot he security of the United States. That is the driving force behind the extended travel ban.