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US cautious on release of Guantanamo Taliban

US: No release of Guantanamo Taliban if there is any sign they will return to battle By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he will not approve the release of any Taliban from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison as part of Afghan peace talks unless he is sure they will not return to the battlefield.

Panetta is telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that no decisions have been made on such a release.

The Obama administration is considering the release of five top Taliban leaders from Guantanamo as a starting point for peace negotiations between the U.S.-backed Afghan government and the Taliban movement in an effort to end the war.

The five would be sent to custody in the Gulf nation of Qatar. Congressional Republicans oppose the release. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says he backs reconciliation but worries about maintaining control of the released individuals.

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