World Bulletin / News Desk
The five men were transferred from Guantanamo last May as part of an exchange that freed U.S. SergeantBowe Bergdahl, who walked off his military post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by militants.
CNN reported last week that U.S. military and intelligence officials suspect that one of the five, whom it did not identify, had "reached out" to suspected Taliban associates in Afghanistan to encourage militant activity.
If confirmed, the development could present a political headache for Obama, who wants to close theGuantanamo facility and has accelerated the transfer of its remaining detainees.
But al-Attiya, speaking at a forum sponsored by The Atlantic magazine, said there was no cause for concern.
U.S. and Qatari security agencies "will monitor and pick up anything that will happen," he said. "I can assure you, no one has made an attempt to go back" to Afghanistan, he added.
Al-Attiya, who met earlier in the day with Secretary of State John Kerry, also pressed Qatar's position that the coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria should broaden its focus to include the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The narrow focus on ISIL"is sad," he said.
"In fact, the regime was the magnet to attract the terrorist groups" to Syria, al-Attiya said, adding that only by replacing Assad "can we get rid of any terrorism in the region."Last Mod: 03 Şubat 2015, 11:15