One of the five freed Taliban members has vowed to return to Afghanistan so that he can fight Americans, according to a fellow militant and family member. For the next 12 months, Noorullah Noori will be monitored by the Qatari government, but after that time he plans to return to Afghanistan.
NBC News reports a family member has been in touch with the network to share Noori’s threats.
“After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.
The five former Guantanamo Bay detainees were given assurances from the U.S. government that they would not be arrested by any government so long as they lived peacefully. They must remain inside the country of Qatar, but a diplomatic source told NBC that their movements inside the Arab emirate would not be restricted.
This is exactly what we feared about releasing high-level Taliban leaders from U.S. custody.
If the American government would freely return them to the place where they wreaked terror, what’s to stop them from returning to their brutal reign of terror – and won’t they now be more motivated to capture American soldiers?
There aren’t many other ways this scenario could have played out – let’s just hope the Administration has a plan to prevent Noori from following through on his promise.