Kerry Says Qatari Government ‘Aren’t the Only Ones’ Keeping Tabs on Released Detainees
(NEW YORK) -- The five Taliban released in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl might be able to return to Afghanistan and resume fighting against Afghan and coalition forces, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged on CNN’s State of the Union, while asserting that Qatar won’t be the only entity keeping tabs on them.
“I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some point to go back and get involved. But they also have an ability to get killed doing that,” Kerry said.
Asked about Qatar’s ability to keep track of the former Guantanamo detainees, Kerry responded: “They're not the only ones keeping an eye on them.”
On whether the U.S. will monitor them, Kerry said: “I'm just telling you they aren't the only ones keeping an eye on them. And we have confidence in those requirements. And if they're violated, then we have ability to be able to do things.” Kerry would not say whether such “things” included killing the former Guantanamo detainees.
Kerry dismissed as “propaganda” Taliban claims that the swap will encourage kidnappings of American soldiers. He would not say whether Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction,” as Susan Rice said; there’s plenty of time to sort through the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture, Kerry posited.
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