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US Army Specialist Bowe Robert Bergdahl from Sun Valley, Idaho

 

15 Jan 14: Great News!  The US Military has reportedly received a video of Sgt. Bergdahl that shows that he is still alive.  Several news reports are stating that in the video, Bowe makes a reference to the recent death of Nelson Mendela and appears to be in a diminished state of health.  Never give up hope!!!  Bowe will be back with his family soon.

 

US 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 Sangin Zadrain.

 

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 States. 

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 Afghanistan!

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?

 
 
 

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