Khairullah Khairkhwa is one of five detainees released from Guantanamo Bay on June 1, 2014 in exchange for US Army Soldier Bowe Bergdahl who was being held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network. He was the interior minister of the Taliban-ruled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1997 and 1998, and was one of the original launchers of the Taliban movement in 1994. He may have also served as the Taliban's deputy minister of the interior, interim minister of the interior, the minister of the interior, and the Minister of Information. Intelligence analysts think that he was born around 1967 in Kandahar. He studied religion at the Haqqaniya and Akhora Khattak madrassas in Pakistan. The other four detainees released in exchange for Bergdahl are Mohammad Fazl, Norullah Noori, Mohammed Nabi Omar, and Abdul Haq Wasiq.