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US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan
ap ^ | 5/31/14 | JULIE PACE

Posted on 05/31/2014 9:51:48 AM PDT by ColdOne

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.

The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The transfers happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; gitmo; taliban; taliban5; talibanfive
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1 posted on 05/31/2014 9:51:48 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

But they can’t free a Marine in Mexico.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 9:52:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

He’s the guy that rather mysteriously “wandered off”, correct?


3 posted on 05/31/2014 9:53:08 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: ErnBatavia

yes


4 posted on 05/31/2014 9:54:14 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: ColdOne

We trade FIVE terrorists in Gitmo for one US soldier...after five years. What a group we have in charge.


5 posted on 05/31/2014 9:55:21 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ColdOne

Sounds like a plan to me. Now, lets exchange some Mexicans in our prisons for the one Marine in Mexico. How about 500,000 for starters.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 9:56:09 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: ErnBatavia

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

But if he is released, will America’s only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

While tattered yellow ribbons still adorn utility poles in his native Hailey, Idaho, others are expressing conflicting thoughts about Bergdahl’s plight as the war winds down, with President Barack Obama threatening to withdraw all U.S. troops by year’s end unless the Afghan government signs a crucial security agreement.

They are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit, which was deployed in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the border with Pakistan. While they do want Bergdahl home, they think he should have to answer allegations that he deserted his unit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-a-hero-or-a-deserter/


7 posted on 05/31/2014 9:57:32 AM PDT by McGruff (What if I told you your leaders were lying to you?)
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To: mosaicwolf

I see your 500,000 and raise you 20 million invaders that crossed our borders illegally....


8 posted on 05/31/2014 9:59:05 AM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: dfwgator

priorities, yaknow.

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9 posted on 05/31/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: ColdOne

Reminds me of Damian Lewis’s character, Nick Brody, in Homeland.

You don’t suppose this soldier was “turned,” do you?


10 posted on 05/31/2014 10:03:47 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: ColdOne

A week of intense mediation. Well, at least the VA scandal produced some results. No doubt this was done as a political act to help change Obama’s “anti-veteran” image. So when will be the WH photo op?


11 posted on 05/31/2014 10:12:20 AM PDT by kabar
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To: ilgipper
We trade FIVE terrorists in Gitmo for one US soldier...after five years. What a group we have in charge.

That's about how long they've been in charge in DC, since they were assigned parking spaces and learned where the supply closets are.
12 posted on 05/31/2014 10:13:26 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: ColdOne

Two words...VA scandal


13 posted on 05/31/2014 10:14:41 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: ColdOne
President Obama personally telephoned the soldier’s parents on Saturday, shortly after Sergeant Bergdahl was transferred to the American military; the Bergdahl family was in Washington after a visit here for Memorial Day, officials said.

“Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield,” President Obama said in a statement.

It looks like the Taliban have a plan. Now they need another US hostage to get some more of their brethern released from Gitmo.

14 posted on 05/31/2014 10:15:24 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

my first thought.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 10:17:23 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: kabar

The photo op will be when another scandal occurs.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 10:17:25 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: ilgipper

Actually I’m surprised they got one. Usually it’s zero.


17 posted on 05/31/2014 10:18:26 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: kabar
Yep. Now every terrorist group in the world knows all they have to do is grab some Americans and they can get what they want.

We can expect a slew of kidnappings shortly.

As far as America's enemies are concerned, Obama is the gift that keeps on giving.

18 posted on 05/31/2014 10:20:00 AM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: ColdOne; All
"The officials said the Taliban agreed
to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for
the release of five Afghan detainees from the
U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."




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19 posted on 05/31/2014 10:20:05 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ColdOne

I thought we didn’t negotiate with terrorists?


20 posted on 05/31/2014 10:21:55 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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To: 4everontheRight



21 posted on 05/31/2014 10:23:33 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: pierrem15

This is a twofer for Obama. He helps resurrect his damaged image due to the VA scandal and he reduces the number of prisoners at Gitmo so he can close it eventually.


22 posted on 05/31/2014 10:26:45 AM PDT by kabar
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To: dfwgator

BTTT


23 posted on 05/31/2014 10:28:13 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ColdOne
I've seen three different MSM reports on this.

Each one has a headline that trumpets the American soldier's release and says NOTHING about us releasing 5 Gitmo terrorists.

Two reports call the Gitmo terrorists “detainees.”

In two reports, the Gitmo release is not mentioned until the second paragraph, or later.

None of the reports explain the completely weird circumstances around the American soldier's capture.

Once again, the MSM protects Obama’s political rear end.

24 posted on 05/31/2014 10:36:31 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: ColdOne

Meanwhile, Obama releases the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 10:36:36 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: ColdOne
Good news...What else did the state department provide? weapons, goats, Nigerian sex slaves?


26 posted on 05/31/2014 10:38:08 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: ColdOne

“See! It’s OK to make deals with the enemy. You don’t need to prosecute Hillary and Obama for providing aid and comfort, I mean, making deals with the enemy.”


27 posted on 05/31/2014 10:38:37 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: liege

We didn’t. We do now!


28 posted on 05/31/2014 10:44:09 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: ColdOne

As an adult, Bergdahl studied ballet at Sun Valley Ballet School in Ketchum, Idaho.

He never owned a car, riding his bicycle everywhere.

Taliban sources alleging he was ambushed after becoming drunk off base,


29 posted on 05/31/2014 10:44:25 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: liege
I thought we don't negotiate with terrorists

Didn't Obama say Afghanistan's new government won't be perfect? Maybe the Taliban are the new gov we support.

Why not? Isn't the US still arming and training terrorists in Syria?

And how easy would it have been to get that soldier out of Mexico. Cutting off transfer of funds from US banks to Mexico and/or shutting down the nearest large legal border crossing would've worked just fine.

I'm disgusted.

30 posted on 05/31/2014 10:44:37 AM PDT by grania
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To: ColdOne

What’s his new muslim name? I bet that’s the only reason he still has his head.


31 posted on 05/31/2014 10:45:07 AM PDT by Flag_This (Liberalism: Kills countries dead.)
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To: All

Now, after he returns home he’ll have to wait in endless lines and deal with never-ending phone trees to get his medical care and prescriptions filled. Hopefully he won’t end up on their special list.


32 posted on 05/31/2014 10:45:31 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: ColdOne

Fox News reported in August 2010 that a Taliban commander named Haji Nadeem said Bergdahl was helping to train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics.


33 posted on 05/31/2014 10:45:46 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: McGruff
June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit

When this happened I wondered why anyone would do something like that.

And he still has his head after all this time.
One of these things is not like the others...
34 posted on 05/31/2014 10:48:35 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: ColdOne

They are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit, which was deployed in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, adjacent to the border with Pakistan. While they do want Bergdahl home, they think he should have to answer allegations that he deserted his unit.

A transcript of radio intercepts, publicly released through Wikileaks, indicates that Bergdahl, then 23, was captured while sitting in a makeshift latrine.

“We were attacking the post he was sitting,” according to a radio intercept of a conversation among insurgents. “He had no gun with him. ... They have all (the) Americans, ANA (Afghan National Army), helicopters, the planes are looking for him. Can you guys make a video of him and announce it all over Afghanistan that we have one of the Americans?”

Rolling Stone magazine quoted emails Bergdahl is said to have sent to his parents that suggest he was disillusioned with America’s mission in Afghanistan, had lost faith in the U.S. Army’s mission there and was considering desertion.

Bergdahl told his parents he was “ashamed to even be American.” Bergdahl, who mailed home boxes containing his uniform and books, also wrote: “The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-a-hero-or-a-deserter/


35 posted on 05/31/2014 10:51:26 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: ColdOne

I know it is damned easy for me to say, and I might feel differently if I was the captive, but knowing that those five animals are on the loose on my account would haunt me. I’m of the “avenge me” not the “release me” mindset.


36 posted on 05/31/2014 10:55:36 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: pierrem15

Yep. In simplest terms, whatever behavior you reward, you will get more of said behavior.


37 posted on 05/31/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: petitfour
Meanwhile, Obama releases the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan.

Hmmm, part of the deal?

38 posted on 05/31/2014 10:59:25 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: ilgipper

Smells like another DISTRACTION ,what’s coming Monday


39 posted on 05/31/2014 11:04:03 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: EEGator
Yep. In simplest terms, whatever behavior you reward, you will get more of said behavior.

Well, Obama already told the Taliban that we are leaving in 2016. Maybe they are the one's who are rewarding Obama's good behavior--along with the release of five of their radical Islamic brethren.

40 posted on 05/31/2014 11:07:26 AM PDT by kabar
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To: dfwgator

Wow...that was my VERY FIRST thought!


41 posted on 05/31/2014 11:14:16 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: ColdOne

So we negotiated with terrorists, and sent some of their buddies back to them which as we know end up back on the field killing our boys.

Fantastic.


42 posted on 05/31/2014 11:26:41 AM PDT by TheZMan (Buy more ammo.)
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To: ilgipper

Keep reading ...

“Several dozen U.S. special operations forces flew into Afghanistan by helicopter and made the transfer with the approximately 18 Taliban members. The official said the commandos were on the ground for a short time before lifting off with Bergdahl.”

Luckily we designated the group in 2012 a terrorist entity so its clear we’re negotiating with terrorists. I thought we didn’t do that.


43 posted on 05/31/2014 11:27:11 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: ColdOne

This is, as usual, a victory for AQ - and the Taliban. They’ve wanted this “exchange” since the beginning, and since the Taliban now knows that it has won in Afghanistan and essentially controls the country, they’re out there high-fiving each other as we speak.


44 posted on 05/31/2014 11:28:10 AM PDT by livius
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To: ColdOne

What about Warren Weinstein?


45 posted on 05/31/2014 11:35:06 AM PDT by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
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To: ColdOne; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


46 posted on 05/31/2014 11:40:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: ErnBatavia
He’s the guy that rather mysteriously “wandered off”, correct?

Notwithstanding his possible mental problems ... he should be classified and held accountable as a deserter. Meanwhile the military promoted him during his "absence." Significant to this sordid situation, it has been reported that good soldiers died while attempting to rescue him.

No doubt Obama and Co. will now welcome this traitor home as a hero while true American heroes are putting their lives on the line every day in that wretched country.

47 posted on 05/31/2014 11:48:24 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: molson209

“what’s coming Monday”

Obama’s draconian regulation of American coal plants is coming next week. Rumors of Cap and Trade via Executive Order are also a possibility.


48 posted on 05/31/2014 12:06:27 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: All

My guess is that the Gov. knew where this soldier was for years but did not mount a rescue mission and kept his capture as a political expedient to be exploited at the right time. Must be the right time!

5 years is a lot of time to brain wash a person... Just saying. A lot of unanswered questions on this one.


49 posted on 05/31/2014 12:13:51 PM PDT by thegrump (It is who we are. It is what we do. Live for nothing or die for something !)
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To: kabar

I hadn’t thought of it like that. Whatever Obama’s motivations are, he is truly the worst President ever.


50 posted on 05/31/2014 12:21:17 PM PDT by EEGator
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