US Army Specialist Bowe Robert
Bergdahl from Sun Valley, Idaho
Army Specialist Bowe Bergdahl was captured by Taliban forces in
southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Bowe is
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th
Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort
Richardson, Alaska and has been listed as Missing/Captured since
July 3, 2009.
Since his capture, the Taliban have released three videos
showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million
and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners (who I believe are at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bowe's
release. They have threatened to execute Bowe if
Siddiqui is not released.
On July 18, 2009, the Taliban released a video showing that they
had captured Bowe, who appeared downcast and frightened. The DOD
released a statement on July 19th confirming that Bergdahl was
declared "missing/whereabouts unknown" on July 1, and his status
was changed to "missing/captured" on July 3. During the video,
his captors hold up his dog tags to establish the captured man
is Bergdahl. Bergdahl gives the date as July 14 and mentions an
attack which occurred that day. It is currently believed that he
was captured after he fell behind while out on a patrol.
In April 2010, the Taliban again released a video of Bowe, who
pleaded for his freedom and said that he wanted to return to his
family in Idaho.
On October 22, 2010, Sky News reported that Bowe was being held
by Al Qaeda in Pakistan and had been seen alive as recent as
nine days prior. The report also indicated that Bowe had
escaped from his captors and was able to elude them for ten days
before being spotted by members of the Kuchi tribe and being
handed back to his captors.
It's time for Bowe to come home to his family and return to his
life in the United States!
December 8, 2010: Military.com is reporting that Bowe may have
appeared in a video recently.
May 4, 2011: New video footage of Bowe has surfaced on a
jihadist web forum. Bowe can be seen briefly (see photo
above) in the video and then is blindfolded and led away by a
senior official in the Haqqani network identified as Mullah
January 14, 2012: Lots of stories in the news recently regarding
the possible release of POW Bowe Bergdahl! Could it be
true? The taliban recently opened up an office in Qatar;
which is reportedly to be used to negotiate with the United
I'm exicted at the prospect of Bowe's almost 2 1/2 year ordeal
coming to an end.
The deal appears to be 'tentative' at best right now, but the
U.S. may swap up to 5 Taliban fighters currently being held at
GITMO. It appears that we are going around the Afghans in
these negotiations which also leads me to believe that this is
the beginning of what will become out withdrawl from
Wouldn't it be great if Sergeant Bergdahl is home in time to
march in the next hometown Memorial Day parade in Sun Valley!!!
March, 2012: Talks between the U.S Government and the Taliban have broken down
and negotiations for a end of the war in Afghanistan and for Prisoner of War Bowe
Bergdahl are frozen. It had been rumored that the U.S. had been willing to trade
five captured Taliban commanders for Bowe. Will Bowe ever get home?
2 Dec, 2012: Another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone and Bowe still is not
back home with his family in Idaho. How many Talibani prisoners has the United States
released since Bowe was first captured? How many more will be released while Bowe languishes
in some dank, cold, god-forsaken cave in Afghanistan?