The White House agreed to a deal to release five Taliban leaders from Gitmo in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held in Afghanistan since 2009. The DailyBeast reports that the five Guantanamo Bay prisoners being released are considered by some the worst of the worst. The five prisoners to be released are: Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammed Nabi Omari. A 2008 Pentagon dossier on Guantanamo Bay inmates, all five men being released are considered to be a high risk to launch attacks against the United States and its allies if they were liberated.
The Miami Herald quotes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Qatar had agreed “to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised” by the release of the five men, all of whom had been placed on a list of terrorist suspects that the United States felt were too dangerous to release.