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

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[“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

NEWSLINK: Shift by hard-line Taliban factions may have sealed prisoner exchange

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[“Exclusive: Shift by hard-line Taliban factions may have sealed prisoner exchange” – Reuters 6.1.14] Reuters covers speculation about the internal politics of the Taliban, and how they might have impacted a recent prisoner-exchange deal with the United States.  The sole U.S. POW in Afghanistan was released in exchange for five of allegedly the most dangerous terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay being flown to Qatar. Complicating

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

Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban

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(Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban – Treasury Department Press Release – February 26, 2103 – http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1863.aspx) Action Targets Financing Linked to a Designated Hawala and the Taliban Narcotics Trade WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Mullah Ahmed Shah Noorzai (Ahmed Shah) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. Ahmed Shah owns