Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidLawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Reeling Dems look for new leader MORE (D-Nev.) said Tuesday there’s no way to know what threat the five freed Taliban commanders will pose to the United States.
The Democratic leader said the Taliban militants who were released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be watched very closely over the next year.
But Reid, one of the Senate’s most outspoken defenders of the prisoner swap, said he would not give “some prophetic announcement as to what these five men are going to do later on.”
Democratic and Republican critics of the deal worry the senior Taliban commanders could return to the battlefield after a year.
One of the Taliban leaders, Noorullah Noori, told relatives shortly after arriving in Qatar that he planned to go to Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces, according to NBC News.
Noori is wanted by the United Nations for alleged war crimes, including the murder of thousands of Shiite Muslims.
Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTrump meets with Dem senator amid Cabinet speculation Overnight Energy: Walden wins Energy gavel | Trump looks at Dems to head Energy, Interior Trump considering Dem senator for Energy secretary: report MORE (D-W.Va.) said earlier Tuesdayhe worried about the threat the released Taliban militants would pose to U.S. soldiers and civilians.
“I’m still concerned about the threat of these five having the expertise and high-level rankings to enter the fight again,” he said.