Taliban militants group in Afghanistan celebrated the release of prisoners and called it a big victory.
The released Taliban leaders included Khairullah Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Noorullah Noori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari.
Following are the profiles of the released prisoners, according to Washington Post:
Khairkhwa has been described as a “hard-liner” Taliban leader since he has supported the Taliban philosophy and is known to have close ties to Osama bin Laden. He has served as interior minister during the Taliban regime and helped to create the Taliban movement in 1994.
Khairkhwa was captured by Pakistani security forces on 16 February 2002.
The 47-year-old Fazl was also a senior Taliban leader who has been accused of personally supervising the massacre of thousands of Shia Muslims between 1998 and 2001.
He became the chief of staff of taliban and was present at a 2001 prison priot that led to the death of CIA operative Johnny Michael Spann, the the first U.S. citizen killed in the Afghan war.
“If released, detainee would likely rejoin the Taliban and establish ties with ACM elements participating in hostilities against US and Coalition forces in Afghanistan,” according to his Guantanamo case file.
He was transferred to US custody in Cember 2001 after he urrendered to a Northern Alliance commander in November.
The 47-year-old, Noori is also accused of Shia Muslims massacre and is believed to be present during Spann’s death. He served as provincial governor in several areas during the Taliban regime and “continues to be a significant figure encouraging acts of aggression,” according to his Guantanamo case file.
Noori had also surrendered to a Northern Alliance commander in November 2001.
Detained in November 2001, the 43-year-old, Wasiq served as deputy intelligence chief in Taliban regime. He has “utilized his office to support al Qaeda” and was “central to the Taliban’s effort to form alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups,” according to his Guantanamo case file.
Detained in September 2002, the 46-year-old, Omari has been described as “one of the most significant former Taliban leaders detained” at Guantanamo.
Omari was a member of a joint al-Qaeda-Taliban cell in eastern Khost province, according to his case file.