‘Bad, bad guys': Taliban leaders released in return for captive US soldier set off alarms

An American soldier, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held prisoner in Afghanistan since 2009, has been released from captivity after successful negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday evening, local time, in an area of eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border. Officials said the exchange was not violent and the 28-year-old Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk.

The announcement of Sgt. Bergdahl’s release was made earlier today:

In return for the return of Sgt. Bergdahl, five Taliban commanders being held at Gitmo were released. Those five are setting off alarms, and for good reason:

More about what happened from Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald:

The five released from Gitmo have reportedly left Cuba:

Conservative radio host Tammy Bruce discussed what she fears could be one of the consequences of the deal that secured the release of Sgt. Bergdahl:

And they won’t be confined to one country for very long:

Only a one-year travel ban? Yep:

Unbelievable.

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