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Taliban Member Swapped For Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Suspected Of Militant Activities

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009. In 2014, the United States exchanged him for five Taliban members who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Though the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance have since come under intense scrutiny, one of the former detainees recently attempted to contact suspected Taliban associates, CNN reported. 

The man, who has not been identified, allegedly attempted to return to militant activity from his location in Qatar, where he was released after the prisoner exchange. The White House referred questions from CNN to the Pentagon.

Sources said an ongoing U.S. intelligence program to secretly intercept and monitor all of the former detainee’s communications from Qatar found evidence that one of the men tried to encourage militant activity, but did not offer any more details. 

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Under current laws, the man’s actions would put him in the category of being “suspected” of re-engaging in terrorist or insurgent activities. However, several officials said that the gathered intelligence may indicate more serious actions.

One official told CNN all men are having their communications closely monitored right now, but believes there is no current threat. The terms of the mens' release to Qatar, and the Qataris promise to monitor their activities, has never been made public. 

All five men are believed to still be in that country, U.S. officials said.

Source: CNN / Image via CBS