Qatar allowing freed Taliban men to move freely in country: official

Reuters News
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Posted: Jun 03, 2014 9:00 AM

DOHA (Reuters) - 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 on 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.

(Reporting by Amena Bakr; Editing by Sami Aboudi and Mark Heinrich)