According to congressional rekords, Omari was part of a five prisoner trade during the Obama administration in 2014 in exchange for captured American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for years after walking off a U.S. military base in 2009. The Taliban prisoners freed from GTMO, ook bekend as die “Taliban Five,” joined the group’s political office in Qatar after release, according to a statement from a Taliban spokesperson at the time.
According to declassified dokumente, all five released prisoners were senior Taliban leaders and Omari specifically held the role of Taliban communications chief and border chief.
In 'n 2014 brief to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sy. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., slammed the Obama administration for releasing the “Taliban Dream Team.” “They have American blood on their hands and surely as night follows day they will return to the fight. In effek, we released the ‘Taliban Dream Team.'”
Bill Roggio, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tweeted Tuesday that Omari is a leader of the Haqqani network, a Sunni Islamist militant organization, a former GTMO detainee and has “close ties to [al] Qaeda.”
Omari, along with other members of the Taliban Five, ook appeared to be involved in the Trump administration’s 2020 negotiations for Afghan peace.
Khost Province, which will be under Omari’s rule, includes Khost, the largest city in the southeastern part of the country, and borders neighboring Pakistan. The Taliban has been amassing power and control over Afghanistan since the rapid withdrawal of U.S.-led NATO forces in the country.
Die VSA. is still working to evacuate Americans and Afghan partners before the Aug. 31 deadline agreed to by the Taliban for complete withdrawal.
The Department of Defense did not provide a statement in response to Fox News’ request for comment regarding Omari’s GTMO detainment and release.