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Qatar allowing freed Taliban men to move freely in country

This still image provided on December 7, 2010 by IntelCenter shows the Taliban associated video production group Manba al-Jihad December 7, 2010 release of US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held hostage by the Taliban since his disappearance from his unit on June 30, 2009. AFP PHOTO HANDOUT-INTELCENTER

DOHA: Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinized by Washington.

U.S. officials have referred to the release of the Islamist militants as a transfer and said they would be subject to certain restrictions in Qatar. One of the officials said that would include a minimum one-year ban on them traveling outside of Qatar as well as monitoring of their activities.

 

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