US in Talks with Taliban to Free Gitmo Detainees

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The White House is negotiating with Afghan insurgents and has reportedly agreed to release high-ranking Taliban officials from the U.S. military prison located in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a British newspaper reported.

Those prisoner releases would come with an agreement from the insurgents to open a political office for peace talks in Qatar.
    
Vali Nasr, a former adviser to the Obama administration, called the move "risky."

"To take this step, the [Obama] administration has to have sufficient confidence that the Taliban are going to reciprocate," Nasr told The Guardian.

"It is going to be really risky," said Nasr, who is currently a Tufts University international politics professor and senior foreign-policy fellow at the non-partisan Brookings Institution think tank.

"Guantanamo is a very sensitive issue politically," Nasr said.
    
The news comes just one day after the White House indicated it would seek closer ties with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.
    
CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck called that decision a blow in the fight against terrorism.

"The Muslim Brotherhood is the most influential, radical, Islamist group in the world. So, to embrace them, to empower their ideology across the Middle East and north Africa can only hurt us," Stakelbeck said.
    
Meanwhile, the Taliban is still holding U.S. Army Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the group in 2009. It is not clear if the 25-year-old will be freed in this proposed deal.

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