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"Today our enemy for the first time officially recognized our status"

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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Taliban Celebrates Release of Top Commanders in Bowe Bergdahl Swap


The Afghan Taliban are celebrating the release of their five top commanders — who were swapped in exchange for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after being held in Guantanamo Bay for 12 years — serving their guests with sweets and goats cooked in rice.

“This is a historic moment for us. Today our enemy (for the) first time officially recognized our status. I can’t explain how our people are happy and excited over this unbelievable achievement. Today we reached our destination,” a senior member of the Afghan Taliban told NBC News exclusively from a hideout in Afghanistan.

The Taliban claimed Qatar’s government played a decisive role in the deal between them and the United States that led to an exchange of high-profile prisoners on Saturday, most notably U.S. Army Sgt. Bergdahl.

The commander said he was not allowed by the Taliban shura, or council, to talk to the media about the exchange of prisoners, therefore, he should not be quoted by name.

He said the release of the top five commanders was great news that spread like wildfire among their fighters.

“Our leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, after a long time, heard a very good news. He is so happy and anxiously waiting to see his senior commanders,” the Taliban commander said.

Omar on Sunday released a rare statement calling the prisoner exchange a "great victory" for the Taliban.

According to the commander who spoke to NBC News, the release of Mulla Fazal Akhund, Noorullah Noori, Abdul Haq Waseeq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammad Nabi will boost the morale of their fighters.

“Once we confirmed the arrival of our five heroes back in Qatar, celebrations started everywhere in Afghanistan and the neighboring Pakistan. It’s nonstop. The guests were first served with sweets and green tea but now there are official celebrations on behalf of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (official name for the Afghan Taliban)," he said.

"Goats are being slaughtered and served with guests and in some places goats are being cooked in rice," the Taliban commander said.

The process to make the exchange happen was a lengthy one, according to the Taliban commander, but the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan were specifically kept in the dark because of trust issues.

A 24-hour ceasefire was agreed upon between Taliban and U.S. forces when Bergdahl was brought to Afghanistan's Khost province to be handed over the Americans, Taliban sources told NBC News.

One Taliban source close to Bowe during his custody told NBC News that he initially didn't believe he was freed even when he saw U.S. officials and their helicopter.

— with Fazul Rahim in Kabul

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bowe-bergdahl-released/taliban-celebrates-release-top-commanders-bowe-bergdahl-swap-n120561


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VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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Can anyone here really deny that this isn't some scary shit?

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM
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Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.
VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.


Succubus1987
by on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM
You know there will be.

Quoting VooDooB:

Can anyone here really deny that this isn't some scary shit?

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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But it will soon. It's not an excuse, it is fact. This is the first time we have been able to deal with these people diplomatically. I would call that progress.

Quoting VooDooB:

The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.

VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

The war is not over yet. It's still going on. You don't know for a fact that it will "end soon". Something could happen tomorrow that will keep us there for another 10 years.

Quoting latashac: But it will soon. It's not an excuse, it is fact. This is the first time we have been able to deal with these people diplomatically. I would call that progress.
Quoting VooDooB:

The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.


LiveinJoy
by on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:11 PM


Quoting VooDooB:

Can anyone here really deny that this isn't some scary shit?

I've yet to hear or read anyone deny it's scary. What I have noticed is that people irl don't want to discuss it at all.


Succubus1987
by on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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Two of them were wanted by the UN, I doubt they would have been released.

Quoting latashac: But it will soon. It's not an excuse, it is fact. This is the first time we have been able to deal with these people diplomatically. I would call that progress.

Quoting VooDooB:

The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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Well something could happen at anytime. Sometimes we gotta take what we can get. Right now they seem content to have their guys back just like we should be. Live to fight another day, but at least it won't be today due to this action.

Quoting VooDooB:

The war is not over yet. It's still going on. You don't know for a fact that it will "end soon". Something could happen tomorrow that will keep us there for another 10 years.

Quoting latashac: But it will soon. It's not an excuse, it is fact. This is the first time we have been able to deal with these people diplomatically. I would call that progress.

Quoting VooDooB:

The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.

VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jun. 4, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Thanks for your opinion.

Quoting latashac: Well something could happen at anytime. Sometimes we gotta take what we can get. Right now they seem content to have their guys back just like we should be. Live to fight another day, but at least it won't be today due to this action.
Quoting VooDooB:

The war is not over yet. It's still going on. You don't know for a fact that it will "end soon". Something could happen tomorrow that will keep us there for another 10 years.

Quoting latashac: But it will soon. It's not an excuse, it is fact. This is the first time we have been able to deal with these people diplomatically. I would call that progress.
Quoting VooDooB:

The war has not ended yet. People need to stop using that as an excuse. 

Quoting latashac: Progress?? If they are truly seeking recognition then maybe this will satisfy them a little. Those men would have been released sooner or later with the war finally ending.


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