2014-06-08T140104Z_1_LYNXMPEA5708D_RTROPTP_2_USA-LEBANON-KERRY

Kerry says freed Taliban inmates would target U.S. at 'enormous risk': CNN

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he speaks during a news conference after meeting with Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the government palace in BeirutIf the five Taliban inmates released from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for a captive American soldier rejoined the fight against the United States, they would do so at great risk, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. “These guys pick a fight with us, in the future or now or at any time, at enormous risk.” Concern that the five former inmates might return to fight has been a factor in controversy in the United States over the deal, under which Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. troops in Afghanistan on May 31 after nearly five years in captivity and the five Taliban members were flown from Guantanamo to Qatar. Kerry said the United States has proven its ability to target al Qaeda fighters in western Pakistan and Afghanistan in the war on terrorism and that nobody should doubt the capacity of the United States to protect Americans. The five had been held at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba since 2002.

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