Meet Mohammed Fazi, one of five exchanged for Bowe Berdahl

This war criminal’s freedom is President Obama’s responsibility. The horrifying details of the crimes of Mohammed Fazi are chronicled by Nathan Hodge in the Wall Street Journal:

Taliban forces led by Mohammed Fazl swept through this village on the Shomali plain north of Kabul in 1999 in a scorched-earth offensive that prompted some 300,000 people to flee for their lives. (snip)

The villages of Shomali were once the orchard of central Afghanistan, and the plain's carefully tended vineyards were famous for their grapes.

When the Taliban seized control of this area from their Northern Alliance rivals in 1999, they systematically demolished entire villages, blowing up houses, burning fields and seeding the land with mines, according to two comprehensive studies of war crimes and atrocities during wars in Afghanistan and human rights reports. Mr. Fazl played a major role in the destruction.

"There was not a single undamaged house or garden," said Masjidi Fatehzada, a shopkeeper in Mir Bacha Kot, the district center. "My entire shop was burned to the ground. There was nothing left."

Fazi was the moving force in this scorched earth policy:

Mullah Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the minister of foreign affairs in the Taliban regime that was ousted by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, described the exchange as "an achievement for the Taliban" which gave the militant group a form of recognition.

"In terms of military significance, Fazl was the most important" among the freed Guantanamo prisoners, Mr. Muttawakil added.

There are four others released , of course. Fazi didn’t even buy an entire American.

Hat tip: Cliff Thier

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