North Carolina Democrat to Fundraise With Lawyer for Taliban Terrorist

Deborah Ross to be hosted by lawyer for ‘Taliban Five’ prisoner exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl

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North Carolina Democrat Deborah Ross will attend a Tuesday night fundraiser at the home of the lawyer who represented one of the five Taliban terrorists who were released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014.

The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, fundraiser will be held at the home of Robert Elliot, a local lawyer whorepresented numerous Guantanamo Bay detainees and got many of them released.

One of the inmates he represented but failed to get released was Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former Taliban official who, along with four others, was released to Afghanistan by the Obama administration in 2014.

Khairkhwa and the other four detainees were “bad guys” who the Taliban had been working to free for decades, according to the Daily Beast.

Internal Pentagon records on Khairkhwa, who was detained in 2002, show that he was classified as a “high risk” threat to the United States and was associated with the Bin Laden terrorist network.

“Detainee was a senior Taliban official serving as the Minister of Interior, Governor of Herat, and a military commander,” wrote a Pentagon executive summary on Khairkhwa. “Detainee was directly associated to Usama Bin Laden (UBL) and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar, and was added to the U.N. financial freeze list.”

The Pentagon stated that Khairkhwa was likely associated with a terrorist training camp run by al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Khairkhwa met with Iranian officials eager to help the Taliban fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan…

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