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US soldier held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years freed
Fox News ^ | May 31, 2014 | Fox News

Posted on 05/31/2014 6:22:07 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse

He was picked up in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border, by a Navy SEAL team, composed of a few dozen men and supported by multiple helicopters and overhead drones, another Defense official said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; bergdahl; bobbergdahl; bowebergdahl; donate; gitmo; obama; oldnews; seal; taliban
to score vet and Mil friendly photo ops , Obama again sent in large numbers U.S. Navy SEALs in a single helicopter , into a possible hot LZ ,with heavily armed Taliban present. Does anyone remember Extortion 17 ? Does anyone remember the attack on high level CIA at Camp Chapman ? Everyone on that chopper were have been dead meat if any sort of double cross had occurred . Thank God it did not , but that is how Obama played this little charade .
1 posted on 05/31/2014 6:22:07 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse

I expect this guy to have issues, having spent the last five years in a prison amongst the hostile natives with no way to defend himself.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: LeoWindhorse; All
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3 posted on 05/31/2014 6:26:43 PM 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: LeoWindhorse

Wait until he is safely on US soil then change the surface of Afghanistan to glass. These animals cannot be reasoned with!


4 posted on 05/31/2014 6:29:49 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Lets hope the talian we traded for him got AIDS injections before we gave them back.


5 posted on 05/31/2014 6:30:08 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Lets hope the taliban we traded for him got AIDS injections before we gave them back.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 6:31:12 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: Jonty30
Will he be charged with going AWOL/Desertion?

"But Bergdahl wasn’t captured in battle. He simply walked off his post into the hills. Grunt forums are livid with Bergdahl, ready for him to be tried for desertion. Many, many lives were risked in the hunt for Bergdahl. Would you want to do for someone who betrayed and abandoned his brothers in arms? "
7 posted on 05/31/2014 6:32:17 PM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: Jonty30

“I expect this guy to have issues, having spent the last five years in a prison amongst the hostile natives with no way to defend himself”

Maybe wrong, and hope I am. But it has been widely reported he had issues before being captured. As in just walking out of Camp (solo) only to be captured.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 6:33:27 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: Perdogg

Will he be a democrat senator in a few years?


9 posted on 05/31/2014 6:34:16 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: LeoWindhorse
Based on the following, I would go so far as to surmise that this administration did NOT exchange one 'captive' American soldier for 5 very dangerous Afghan GITMO 'detainees'...rather, this administration freed 6 dangerous Afghan jihadis under the auspices of concern for our troops as damage control from the VA scandal which has already resulted in administration casualties (Shinseki,Carney).
10 posted on 05/31/2014 6:48:40 PM PDT by wtd
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Poor joke. This soldier was serving his country and held captive for five years. Kerry got a few splinters


11 posted on 05/31/2014 6:48:47 PM PDT by ghost of stonewall jackson (An amateur built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic)
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To: Perdogg
The guy now has a beard which seems weird and he may be a Muslim convert and more trouble than he was worth.that means
He will get hired by Pres Val J to work in the state dept. or the CIA.
12 posted on 05/31/2014 6:49:12 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: wtd

this guy appears to be a traitor and Muslim convert.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 6:52:04 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: LeoWindhorse

The whole thing is a cheeseball fake operation from the get go.

SET UP from the start.

Fake, fake, fake.

Daddy talks muslim ?

The whole thing is an op.


14 posted on 05/31/2014 7:05:25 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: LeoWindhorse

The only way the ransom is going to stay in Qatar is they get pushed out of the C-17 at 20,000 feet.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 7:09:33 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Too bad Obama can’t take two minutes out from his busy schedule to get Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi out of the Mexican prison.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 7:12:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Black skin has morphed into Teflon.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Did you read what this Deserter father said
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He prays for the day all the Taliban in Gitmo are free !

These are hard core leftists and that kid is a Traitor .


17 posted on 05/31/2014 7:25:18 PM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
I agree, a lot of lives were put in danger trying to 1. Initially find this guy. 2. find this guy for these last 5 years. 3. Go get this guy. I'm sorry for his family, but i have no sympathy for this guy. He walked off his post during war time in hostile territory. We expended millions of dollars and put hundreds of lives in danger. Yet we leave one of our marines to rot in a Mexican jail for an accidental violation. Our administration releases 30 thousand of their criminals onto its own citizens. I'm just disgusted with the whole bunch.
18 posted on 05/31/2014 7:32:30 PM PDT by sicandtired (No, I will not press 1 for english)
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To: sicandtired; ghost of stonewall jackson

Bump.


19 posted on 05/31/2014 7:51:31 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: wtd

Who in the heck forgets how to speak English? His father had to start learning the language a lot longer ago than even a few months to be fluent. Something stinks here.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 8:57:10 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: LeoWindhorse

And now the Taliban et.al knows that ONE American soldier captured will get 5 or more fellow terrorists freed. How does our military feel about that?


21 posted on 05/31/2014 9:07:11 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

” How does our military feel about that?”
why they continue to follow the orders of the current crew I cannot understand .

Take a look at Thailand right now ; finally their military had enough of the civilian disorder and ineptitude . We are a 1000 times worse off .


22 posted on 05/31/2014 9:17:09 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: leapfrog0202

Something stinks here indeed. This sounds like a total wackjob family, from the nutty father to the alleged deserter son. And we allowed 5 murderers to be released to exchange for THIS?


23 posted on 05/31/2014 10:57:44 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Perdogg
I too am disgusted with the way the administration and the media are playing this. There needs to be an Article 32 hearing to determine if a court martial is warranted. And I say this as an OEF veteran.
24 posted on 05/31/2014 11:46:38 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: wtd; hoosiermama; WildHighlander57; crosslink; LucyT

Ping to post #6.

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http://twitchy.com/2014/05/31/working-to-free-all-guantanamo-prisoners-tweet-from-account-of-released-soldiers-father-deleted/

‘Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners’ tweet from account of released soldier’s father deleted
Posted at 11:26 pm on May 31, 2014 by Twitchy Staff

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/31/world/asia/afghanistan-bergdahl-release/

A senior administration official told CNN, “With regard to whether or not we’re negotiating with terrorists: Sergeant Bergdahl is a member of the military who was detained during the course of an armed conflict. The transfer of these individuals is not a concession — it is fully in line with the President’s goal of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.”

The Taliban had long demanded the release of five detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But U.S. officials said that releasing them would be difficult because Congress would have to be notified in advance, and lawmakers have previously resisted releasing them.

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http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/bowe-bergdahl-released/hagel-congress-kept-dark-swap-because-bergdahls-life-danger-n119551

Congress was not told about the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban ahead of time because officials believed the soldier’s life was in danger, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday.

Intelligence gathered suggested that Bergdahl’s “safety and health were both in jeopardy, and in particular his health was deteriorating,” he said in his first extensive public comments about Saturday’s operation.

The Pentagon did not give Congress the required 30-day notice for the release of detainees.

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Hagel did not respond to questions on whether he believed Bergdahl was trying to desert the Army or go absent without leave when he walked away from his unit in Afghanistan five years ago.


25 posted on 06/01/2014 6:17:22 AM PDT by maggief
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-qatar-us-taliban-talks-remain-on-the-line/2013/06/22/f45e381e-db7d-11e2-b418-9dfa095e125d_story.html

June 22, 2013

At the end of the week, James R. Dobbins, President Obama’s newly named special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, arrived to head the U.S. negotiating team.

U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomatic matters, were encouraged when Taliban spokesman Shaheed Suhail, in Doha, told Radio Free Europe and later the Associated Press on Saturday that the insurgents were untroubled by the Islamic Emirate flap.

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Arrangements for the Doha office were tortured long before last week’s upheaval. They were first discussed at eight informal meetings between Taliban representatives and U.S. officials in late 2011 and early 2012, as part of a series of arrangements that included the exchange of five Afghan Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, the American serviceman held prisoner by the Taliban in Pakistan since 2009.

In January 2012, the Taliban walked out of those talks and then canceled them altogether two months later, charging U.S. bad faith over the terms of the prisoner exchange and demands that the insurgents first issue two public statements — one forswearing any international terrorism and another supporting the Afghan political process.

Near the end of 2012, new, indirect overtures were made. Eventually, after a string of objections from Karzai were at least temporarily overcome, planning began to restart the process. The Taliban, which had long refused to engage in talks with Karzai, agreed it would hold discussions on reconciliation with Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, as well as with the Americans.

Arrangements on what to call the Taliban office and restrictions on what it could be used for — no fundraising, for example — were already in place from the year before. The outlines of the prisoner exchange were set to be revived, and the administration had made a political decision to take the inevitable heat from Congress when it was announced.

Then came Tuesday and the Islamic Emirate.


26 posted on 06/01/2014 6:35:21 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Thank you, Maggief!


27 posted on 06/02/2014 4:02:25 AM PDT by wtd
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