Bowe Bergdahl exchange: Freed Taliban five to choose war or peace

June 2, 2014 5:57 PM

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Bowe Bergdahl exchange: Freed Taliban five to choose war or peace

The five men freed in exchange for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl were the highest-ranking Taliban members held at Guantanamo and have almost mythical status among many of the group's fighters.

Some 13 years after they were jailed, Mohammad Fazl, Khairullah Khairkhwa, Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Noori and Mohammad Nabi Omari still command significant influence within the insurgency - Taliban leader Mullah Omar has described them as "senior leaders" whose release is a "great victory".

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