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U.S. deal with Taliban sparks criticism

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a news conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees.

WASHINGTON – Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether the U.S. should have negotiated with the Taliban over prisoners.

U.S. officials said Sunday that Bergdahl’s health and safety appeared in jeopardy, prompting rapid action to secure his release. Republicans said the deal could place U.S. troops in danger, especially if the freed detainees return to the fight. One called it “shocking.” Arizona Sen. John McCain said of the five detainees, “These are the hardest of the hard core.” More here.

Do you think the prisoner swap was the right call?

SR: Bergdahl Swap Worth Mulling

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?

Taliban Offers Swap For Idaho Soldier

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?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/06/20/2624137/ap-exclusive-taliban-offer-to.html#storylink=cpy

ICB: Taliban Still Has Idaho Soldier

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?

Fallen Marine’s Family Adopts Dog

Darrell Rusk provided this photo today of his son, Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk, with Eli, a black Labrador being retired from military service following the death of the younger Rusk. Colton's parents are adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who the military says loyally rushed to their son's side when he was fatally shot. The 20-year-old Texan died in December during a gun battle with Taliban fighters. (AP Photo/courtesty of Darrell Rusk)

DFO: This is a heart-breaking photo. It makes me think of my niece, a lieutenant in the Army National Guard, who just returned to the Middle East for her second tour of duty. She was deployed in Afghanistan first. Now, she's in Iraq. Sometimes, we forget that many families still have loved ones in harm's way.

Question: Do you have a loved one currently deployed in either Afghanistan or Iraq?

INW: Taliban Video Shows Bergdahl

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)

The Face Of A True Hero

President Obama hailed the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War Tuesday as a modern Audie Murphy for heroically storming a Taliban ambush to save his trapped rifle team. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 25, of Iowa, is the first living service member to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan to be given the nation’s highest honor. New York Daily News story here. (AP photo)

Question: Does anyone remember Audie Murphy?

Taliban Video Shows Idaho Soldier

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.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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