When President Barack Obama made a deal with the Taliban to free five GITMO detainees earlier this year in order to secure the release of alleged Army deserter and terrorist sympathizer Bowe Bergdahl, it was seen as anything but a good move. Shortly after their release, the former detainees vowed to continue the fight against America.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - One of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan, according to a fellow militant and a relative.
"After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” a Taliban commander told NBC News via telephone from Afghanistan.
But over the past few years, the Obama administration has released dozens of GITMO detainees and now they're back on the battle field in Iraq and Syria fighting for ISIS. More from Fox News:
As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees -- some of whom were released within the last three years -- are suspected by intelligence and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.
The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.
The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.