June 17, 2014
The controversy surrounding the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity in exchange for five Taliban-affiliated detainees at Guantanamo Bay has reopened a heated debate about the fate of the remaining detainees at the U.S. detention facility in Cuba.
"Afghanistan is a party to the Geneva Conventions, and the Taliban represented the nation's de facto government," Richard D. Rosen, a former Army colonel who now heads the Center for Military Law and Policy at Texas Tech University, told Politifact. "Once hostilities are over, we have an obligation to release the Taliban detainees, but not the al-Qaida detainees, and perhaps not those members of the Taliban who are affiliated with al-Qaida."