Posts tagged: Bowe Bergdahl
The Taliban is once again playing a cynical game with the fate of Idaho U.S. Army soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (pictured). As a carrot for broad negotiations to end the Afghanistan war, at least for U.S. forces, the terrorist group has proposed an exchange of Bergdahl for five of its most dangerous leaders from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The Taliban floated the same idea a year ago and, according to some accounts, the U.S. and the group have talked off and on about a deal going back at least two years. But he remains in the hands of his captors, who are apparently taking relatively good care of their prize; Bergdahl is their only known captive. Bergdahl’s family and community have been heartened by the latest proposal/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here. (AP/US Army photo)
Question: Has a member of your family been a prisoner of war?
The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture, a senior spokesman for the group said Thursday. The offer follows this week's official opening of a Taliban political office in Doha, the capital of the Gulf state of Qatar. The only known American soldier held captive from the Afghan war is U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho. He disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and is believed held in Pakistan/Kathy Gannon, AP. More here. (IntelCenter photo taken in 2010 of Idaho soldier Bergdahl)
Question: Should the U.S. accept this prisoner swap?
This Christmas will be the 3rd Bowe Bergdahl has missed with his family since being held captive in Afghanistan by the Taliban. Recently reports came out that Bowe was recaptured after a short three-day escape in August or early September and appeared to be in good health. A well-read national publication called the Daily Beast, an affiliate of Newsweek Magazine, says the soldier tried to escape. Quoting a Taliban source, the Daily Beast reported that Bergdahl told his captors that he wanted to find civilianvillagers who would help him and notify the U.S. I can’t help but wonder Why if the Daily Beast reporter can get close enough to his captors to get this information, why can’t the U.S. military? We want Bowe home. What is being done?/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here. H/T: iSightOnline. (AP/IntelCenter photo of captured Bowe Bergdahl on Dec. 8, 2010)
Question: Has the American government done enough to get Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl home from Afghanistan?
This image provided by IntelCenter today shows a framegrab from a new video released by the Taliban containing footage of a man believed to be Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American serviceman being held in captivity in Afghanistan, a group that tracks militant messages on the Internet said Wednesday. Story here. (AP Photo/IntelCenter)
Item: Our View: Trading with the Taliban: a bad idea from Minnick/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman
More Info: It wasn’t Rep. Walt Minnick’s smartest moment. On a Boise radio show last week, the Idaho Democrat suggested that the U.S. government work out a deal to secure the release of Hailey soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. And it left Minnick in an unenviable position: having to clarify what he said in the first place. No wonder. By suggesting a trade with the Taliban, Minnick put himself on the wrong side of public sentiment and on the wrong side of common sense. The idea of making deals with terrorists is distasteful, because it’s misguided.
Question: Do you think Walt Minnick would like a do-over on this one?
This frame from the video released Friday purportedly shows Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23.
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban released a video Friday of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan, showing him apparently healthy but spouting criticism about the U.S. military operation.
In Idaho, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl’s family pleaded on Christmas Day for his release and urged him to “stay strong.”
Bergdahl disappeared June 30 while based in eastern Afghanistan and is the only known American serviceman in captivity. Full Story.