The Daily Beast

A Taliban Fighter is Serving a Life Sentence in the U.S. That’s a Huge Problem for Our Soldiers.

Irek Hamidullin was a foot soldier for the Taliban, captured after a firefight in 2009 in Afghanistan. He and his fellow soldiers had tried to attack an Afghan Border Police post, but were routed by U.S. helicopter pilots who killed everyone in his group but him. No U.S. or Afghan government soldiers were injured in the battle. Imprisoned at Bagram Air Base until 2014, Hamidullin was then brought to federal court in Richmond, Virginia, and prosecuted. He was convicted of crimes including material support to terrorists and attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and sentenced to life plus 30 years. Now that the U.S. has