Some U.S. intelligence officials privately fear that the top Taliban terrorists President Obama freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier could “magically” disappear from the Gulf emirate of Qatar, where they are supposed to be confined for a year, The Daily Beast reported.
Obama and his national security team this week defended the deal to recover Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in Afghanistan and expressed confidence in Qatar’s promise to keep watch over the jihadists.
But speaking privately, many U.S. military and intelligence officials believe Qatar’s record of turning a blind eye to terrorist-related activity within its borders raises doubts about its reliability.
The five Taliban freed from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are permitted to move freely within Qatar, and a senior Gulf official emphasized that they can go back to Afghanistan after their year in Qatar.
“We know that many wealthy individuals in Qatar are raising money for jihadists in Syria every day,” a senior U.S. intelligence official told reporter Eli Lake. “We also know that we have sent detainees to them before, and their security services have magically lost track of them.”
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