It looks like the administration is having a little remorse over their very bad deal.
Washington (CNN)Senior administration officials said Friday that the U.S. is continuing to hold negotiations with the governments of Afghanistan and Qatar as a deadline to determine the fate of five Taliban figures released in a prisoner exchange with the U.S. looms.
The Taliban members were traded for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May of last year and have been housed and monitored in Qatar under a one-year travel ban lasting until the end of the month.
Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years, was charged with desertion in March and could face a life sentence.
A diplomatic source told CNN early Friday evening that U.S. and Qatari officials will have a final, decisive meeting Saturday about what to do about the five men.
Qatar is willing to extend the agreement under exactly the same terms, but will not renegotiate the terms, the source said. The Americans are sending signals they want to add additional surveillance and more restrictions on their movement.
“[Qatar] will keep them if both parties agree and if there are the same conditions of the old agreement,” the source said. “[Qatar is] not going to add other terms because [Qatar is] not going to make it more complicated for [themselves].”
Also, I found this tidbit interesting.
…the five have brought their families to Qatar and now total about 70 people among them.
That’s quite a clan. One might even consider it a cadre.