Skip to comments.US soldier held captive by Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years freed
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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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.
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Wait until he is safely on US soil then change the surface of Afghanistan to glass. These animals cannot be reasoned with!
Lets hope the talian we traded for him got AIDS injections before we gave them back.
Lets hope the taliban we traded for him got AIDS injections before we gave them back.
“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.
Will he be a democrat senator in a few years?
"Bergdahl said that his son was having trouble speaking English after spending so much time in Taliban activity. He said a common Arabic phrase uttered by Muslims before giving a speech, and a few words that appeared to be in Pashto. "In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful," Bob Bergdahl said in Arabic."
Robert Bergdahl @bobbergdahl @ABalkhi I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child, ameen!
Poor joke. This soldier was serving his country and held captive for five years. Kerry got a few splinters
this guy appears to be a traitor and Muslim convert.
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.
The only way the ransom is going to stay in Qatar is they get pushed out of the C-17 at 20,000 feet.
Too bad Obama can’t take two minutes out from his busy schedule to get Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi out of the Mexican prison.
Did you read what this Deserter father said
He prays for the day all the Taliban in Gitmo are free !
These are hard core leftists and that kid is a Traitor .
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.
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?
” 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 .
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?
Ping to post #6.
Working to free all Guantanamo prisoners tweet from account of released soldiers father deleted
Posted at 11:26 pm on May 31, 2014 by Twitchy Staff
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2013
At the end of the week, James R. Dobbins, President Obamas 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.
Arrangements for the Doha office were tortured long before last weeks 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 Afghanistans 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.
Thank you, Maggief!