March 24th, 2010
03:06 PM ET

US officials: Ex-Gitmo inmate becomes Taliban commander

A man who was released from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December has become a senior Taliban military commander in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

Abdul Qayum Zakir was named to replace Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, whom Pakistani security forces captured last month, a Taliban operative told CNN.

A former Pakistani intelligence official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the subject, also confirmed Zakir's appointment.

Zakir was released from U.S. custody on December 2007, U.S. officials said.

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  1. Get a clue

    People!! He was released by BUSH!! Really tough to blame Obama.... unless you're a delusional tea bagger.

    March 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    We should stop taking prisoners out of the field. Osama wants to threaten to kill any NATO prisoners, we should leave the insurgents lying in the streets where we engage them!

    March 28, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. sean

    peoples believe what media says but in reality CIA used these guys Af9gani mujahidin) against Russian in Afghanistan and support them then but now thay didn't need them so same peoples are now terrorist and bad guys its unfair and curropt politicians..

    March 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guest woo

    Its Funny no matter wat goes down Mr Obama will get blame for it. While get a hint America it says he was released in Dec of 2007...Dang I understand you all don't like the man, But for God sakes theres too much going on in this america to be talking about how you hate your Head of state. If you could go to some other counties and see what would be done to you just for speaking your mind, I think you would at least have the time and look outside your window and see whats happening......

    April 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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