Rogers ‘absolutely convinced’ released Taliban leaders will fight again

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday that he is "absolutely convinced" that some of the five Taliban commanders released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will fight again.

"Maybe not all five, but I do believe three for sure, likely four, and that the fifth one is on the fence but will probably play some role in active operations," Rogers (R-Mich.) said of the former detainees during an interview on ABC's "This Week."

"We've already seen in their rhetoric and their actions, and certainly the information that we see coming out of the Taliban, including the Haqqani network in Pakistan, would suggest that's absolutely going to happen," he said.

Rogers also said that the terms of the recent prisoner swap allow the former detainees to meet with Taliban political leaders in Qatar, where they are being held for a year. He also said their family members can visit them in Qatar.

"We think that's certainly an opportunity for a courier network," Rogers said.

In exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. agreed to free five Taliban commanders from the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They were among the Taliban's most influential commanders. (Tom LeGro and Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)
Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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