U.S. Wants To Swap Taliban Prisoners With Captured U.S. Soldier

This 2010 image shows the release by Taliban-associated video-production group Manba al-Jihad of someone who appears to be Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held prisoner. Seattle Times

 

Parents of P.O.W. Reveal U.S. Talks on Taliban Swap — New York Times

HAILEY, Idaho — The parents of the only American soldier held captive by Afghan insurgents have broken a yearlong silence about the status of their son, abruptly making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.

The negotiations, currently stalled, involved a trade of five Taliban prisoners held at the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of the Army, who is believed to be held by the militant Haqqani network in the tribal area of Pakistan’s northwest frontier, on the Afghan border. Sergeant Bergdahl was captured in Paktika Province in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. His family has not heard from him in a year, since they saw him in a Taliban video, although they and the Pentagon believe that he is alive and well.

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Update: Parents: US Officials Tried To Swap Taliban Prisoners For Captured Soldier — CBS

My Comment: Soviet POWs during their war against the mujaheddin …. at least those who were not killed …. were not released until after the Soviet Union left Afghanistan. I expect that this is going to be the same fate for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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