(TIME / Worthy News)– Asked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed. "Definitely."
Bergdahl's release, as part of the first prisoner exchange between the U.S. and the Taliban in 13 years of war, was the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year process marred by Taliban intransigence and Afghan government meddling that eventually saw the near simultaneous transfer of five top-level Taliban officials from detention in Guantanamo Bay to a form of house arrest in Qatar. The outcome has sparked fierce criticism from Republicans in Congress.
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