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VIDEO: Defense Department Briefing on Capture of Benghazi Terrorist Suspect Khattala and other subjects

Pentagon file photo

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, briefed reporters about the capture of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah for civilian prosecution over the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Khattalah is now being held at a secure location outside of Libya and will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C.  Kirby avoided providing details about the capture, or how

NEWSLINK: Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Calls Bowe Bergdahl Swap “Victory”

Mullah Omar file photo, adapted from image at voanews.com

[“Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Calls Bowe Bergdahl Swap ‘Victory’” – NBC 6.1.14] NBC covers the Taliban’s response to a prisoner exchange, in which the lone U.S. POW from Afghanistan was released in exchange for five senior Taliban being transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar. After five detainees from Guantanamo Bay were swapped for the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar

VOA: Five Taliban in Prisoner Swap Were Most-Senior Afghans at Guantanamo

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(VOA News - June 01, 2014) The five Taliban commanders released by the United States in a prisoner swap to win the freedom of an American solider were among the most senior Afghans held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. All five were flown to Qatar, which has pledged to hold them for a year under terms the United States negotiated to win the