(Washington Times / Worthy News)– As America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration's insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier's release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe.
As his parents and residents of his Idaho hometown celebrated the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Berdahl over the weekend, the circumstances surrounding the release – and the sudden freeing of five Taliban figures held at the Guantanamo detainee prison – were producing a full-scale controversy in Washington.
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, said the prisoner swap marked a “great victory” for the Islamist movement that led the military resistance against the U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan for more than a decade.
"The sacrifice of our mujahedeen have resulted in the release of our senior leaders from the hand of the enemy," Omar said.