The United States on Saturday turned over custody of five former members of the Taliban who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to Qatar in exchange for the release of a U.S. Army soldier who’d been held in Afghanistan by the Taliban for the past five years.
A Defense Department official, who declined to be further identified, identified the five prisoners as Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi, Khairullah Khairkhwa and Abdul Haq Wasiq.
A later statement from the Pentagon said the five detainees had been transferred to Qatari control in exchange for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a Sun Valley, Idaho, native who’d been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009.
In the statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that President Barack Obama had called Bergdahl’s parents to inform them their son had been released and was “now under the care of the U.S. military.”