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Taliban 'Dream Team' Living Life of Luxury in Qatar?

The five Taliban leaders released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are reportedly free to move around Qatar with few limits, Amy Kellogg reported this morning on America's Newsroom. The so-called “Dream Team” was released to the Qatari government.

Qatar has often been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. The citizens of Qatar are the richest in the world in terms of per capita GDP. The country is the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and is home to the TV network Al Jazeera. The United States is the leading investor in Qatar.  

Reporting from Doha, Kellogg said it’s unclear exactly where the men are living, but they are not allowed to leave Qatar for one year. The only other restriction on them is that they’re not allowed to fundraise or get involved in political activities. At the end of the one year, they’ll be free to go back to Afghanistan.

Qatar's foreign minister has said that taking in the detainees was a humanitarian gesture. As for the country's track record, it lost track of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was there in 1996. Another Gitmo detainee was released to Qatar in 2008 and escaped to London, where he was arrested.  

Earlier this week, President Obama admitted that the five Taliban leaders could "absolutely" return to the battlefield after their year in Qatar. But he expressed confidence in the "structure" that is in in place for the U.S. and Qatar to monitor them.

Watch Kellogg's full report above.


More on the Bergdahl prisoner swap from Fox News:

'He's Not a Hero': 6 of Bowe Bergdahl's Platoon Members Speak Out

O'Reilly: 'Not Fair to Bergdahl' to Say He Was a Taliban Collaborator

Time: Taliban Says 'Definitely' Inspired to Kidnap More After Bergdahl Swap


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