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Graham: Detainees in Bergdahl swap contacted Haqqani

WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar.

Graham, a South Carolina Republican who recently visited Qatar, said he was concerned one of the detainees had left, but was assured during his visit that all five senior Taliban officials remain in the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula.

Qatar gained public praise from President Barack Obama for brokering the controversial deal that freed ArmySgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity in May 2014 in exchange for the release of the five Taliban detainees.

The Pentagon says it is confident in Qatar's ability to mitigate any threat posed by the former detainees.

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