Taliban leader Mullah Omar is calling the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl a “great victory.”
“The sacrifice of our mujahideen have resulted in the release of our senior leaders from the hand of the enemy,” Omar said in a statement, according to NBC News.
“We shall thank almighty for this great victory,” he said. One of the five senior Taliban operatives released in the prisoner deal, Mullah Fazel, was a deputy defense minister in the government that ruled Afghanistan before 2001, which was led by Omar.
He expressed his gratitude to the “faithful Muslim nation of Afghanistan” and the Emir of Qatar, who helped negotiate the deal.
Not satisfied with the release of the five Taliban members, he said he hopes for the release of “all those who have been imprisoned for defending the honor and freedom of their country.”