“Bagram prison contained the 5,000 “highest value” Taliban, al-Qaeda and Islamic State fighters captured on the battlefield.”
As Taliban forces swept through Afghanistan, thousands of high-level Taliban, al-Qaeda, and Islamic State terrorists have been set free.
Around 5,000 top terrorists fled when Afghan government forces surrendered Bagram Air Base, 40 miles from Kabul. The prison at the base housed some of the world’s most notorious jihadis besides the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center.
“Afghan forces at Bagram Air Base, home to a prison housing 5,000 inmates, surrendered to the Taliban, according to Bagram district chief Darwaish Raufi,” The Associated Press reported on Monday. “The prison at the former U.S. base held both Taliban and Islamic State group fighters.”
The Taliban released thousands more from the National Detention Facility in Kabul, the BBC and other media outlets reported.
The Taliban claims it overran Bagram Air Base and freed prisoners. Many high value detainees were located there, including members of Al Qaeda. This will reverberate for years to come. https://t.co/yt3eG0uZNk— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 15, 2021
The Times of London reported the release of high-profile terrorists:
Thousands of Afghanistan’s most dangerous terrorism captives have been set free after the Taliban seized control of the former American base at Bagram and the prison known as Afghanistan’s Guantanamo Bay.
Bagram prison contained the 5,000 “highest value” Taliban, al-Qaeda and Islamic State fighters captured on the battlefield. A Taliban spokesman said they were “being evacuated to a safe place”.
The freeing of these high-level terror operatives will have sweeping consequences on the raging worldwide jihad. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain ISIS chief was a Camp Bucca inmate, a U.S. detention center in Iraq. Camp Bucca was nicknamed the ‘Jihadist university,’ where the future ISIS leadership came from. “Camp Bucca became what has been described as a ‘university’ for the future leaders of IS, with inmates becoming radicalised and developing important contacts and networks,” the BBC noted.
Former inmates from Guantanamo Bay make up the current Taliban leadership, including the mujahedeen commander who took the presidential palace in Kabul. “The Al-Jazeera news channel livestreamed the press conference from inside the palace, which showed a group of Taliban fighters sitting at the President’s desk before a fighter claimed he was a former inmate of the US-controlled Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba,” UK’s Daily Mail reported.
The real tragedy of Afghanistan is that the former “inmates” will now run the horror show, creating an “Islamic Emirate,” the second Islamic State since the fall of the caliphate in Syria under President Donald Trump’s watch four years ago.
The Taliban makes no secret of its intention to see a worldwide Islamic rule. Taliban commander Muhammed Arif Mustafa told CCN recently that “one day mujahedeen will have victory and Islamic law will come not just to Afghanistan, but all over the world. We are not in a hurry. We believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day,” — a reference to the Islamic end times.
The Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas is already cheering the Taliban victory. It is only a matter of time before jihadis groups and individuals in Europe and the West pledge allegiance to the Afghan Emirate and wage jihad in its name.
Like ISIS before it, Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate, too, will become a rallying point for the Islamists worldwide, who will go on jihad killing sprees in the name of their new leaders and their stone-age ideology.
Hamas is celebrating the Taliban takeover of #Afghanistan; 'A victory for Taliban, which faced the US and its agents and rejected compromises with them. Taliban was not deceived by false promises and the talk about elections and democracy.'— Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) August 15, 2021
The Biden administration’s withdrawal strategy has coming under heavy criticism, especially the decision to abandon the Bagram aircraft outside the Afghan capital.
CENTCOM commander should have insisted Bagram remain open. This should have been non-negotiable and he should have resigned in protest if he was forced to operate in this environment. Sometimes you need to stand up and have courage. Our commanders have none.— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 16, 2021
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