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Berdghal wish Bowe a Happy Birthday.... As you know BOWE is our only
Today, March 28, Bowe turns 27 years old.
Idahoans Unlikely Journey to Life as a Taliban Prisoner
US authorities have formally sought the Pakistan governmentâs aid in negotiating the release of four Americans abducted by elements associated with al Qaeda, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, The Express Tribune has learnt. The request has been sent in light of the American policy which bars Washington from negotiating with terrorists.
According to sources familiar with the development, the office of the legal attach' at the US embassy in Islamabad has dispatched a memorandum on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the government of Pakistan, via the Ministry of Interior.
The memorandum requests Islamabad to act as mediator between Washington and the militants responsible for abducting the US nationals in order to secure their freedom, they added......
The four US citizens namely Bowe Bergdahl, Dr Warren Weinstein, Caitlan Coleman and Naeem Khan were kidnapped between 2009 and 2012 in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bergdahl, a soldier in the US army, went missing on June 30, 2009 near the town of Yahya Khel in Afghanistan's Paktika province, right next to the border with Pakistan. In July the same year, the Afghan Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. Since then, four more videos have been released. The Taliban have demanded $1 billion and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for his release......
....The four US citizens namely Bowe Bergdahl, Dr Warren
Weinstein, Caitlan Coleman and Naeem Khan were kidnapped between
2009 and 2012 in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bergdahl, a soldier in the US army, went missing on June 30, 2009
near the town of Yahya Khel in Afghanistans Paktika province, right
next to the border with Pakistan. In July the same year, the Afghan
Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. Since
then, four more videos have been released. The Taliban have demanded
$1 billion and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui
in exchange for his release.....
Drone strike complicates search for US POW
In the haze after the attack, word came that a member of the
powerful Haqqani network had been killed. Badruddin Haqqani,
one of 18 alleged victims, ...
Reuters sources: US sweetens proposal for return of
Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl - World News
Last American POW Bowe Bergdahl Key to End of
War in Afghanistan
Independent Voter Network
... an American soldier captured by the
Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network in June of
2009. Hastings quoted previously unseen e-mails,
sent days before his ...
Published: Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:14 Apdated: Friday, ne 8, 2012, 8:03AM
Thursday, June 7, 2012
war 'Explosive' Article on POW Bergdahl to Appear in Rolling Stone
Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM
The family of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who last week granted interviews to The New York Times and Time, are talking again, this time to Rolling Stone.
The POW's father, Robert Bergdahl, earlier said that he had "reached out to [Taliban] insurgents" and was in "regular email contact" with a man he believed to be a member of the Taliban concerning the 2009 capture of his son in eastern Afghanistan......
HAILEY, Idaho -- The parents of the only U.S. soldier held as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan 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 swap.
The negotiations, currently stalled, would trade five Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at GuantĂĄnamo 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. Bergdahl was captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009......
Washington The father of a U.S. soldier who was taken prisoner in Afghanistan thanked the motorcycle riders of Rolling Thunder on Sunday for raising awareness of missing-in-action troops and prisoners of war.
At the annual Rolling Thunder rally on the National Mall, Bob Bergdahl promised his son: "You will come home. We will not leave you behind."...
Family pleads for U.S. prisoner at heart of Afghan peace
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S.
soldier held prisoner by the Taliban since 2009, says it is
frustrated that more than a year of covert diplomacy has been
unable to free their son and is urging President Barack Obama's
administration to push harder for his release.
Bob Bergdahl, speaking out about his son's case after a long
silence, said he hopes U.S. negotiators will press ahead with
efforts to set in motion a chain of events intended in part to
lead to the release of his son, believed to be held in Pakistan
since he went missing in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009....
Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 9:59 AM 08:21:12 CDT
Americas forgotten POW: Bowe Bergdahl
Captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl 'recaptured by the Taliban after three days on the run following daring escape'
By Leon Watson
A U.S. soldier held by the Taliban since 2009 has been recaptured after he went on the run for three days.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's daring escape failed when a manhunt was launched in Pakistan to find him, Taliban commanders said.
He is now facing his third Christmas in captivity......
Prisoner Bowe Bergdahls Failed Attempt to Escape From Taliban
In exclusive interviews,
Afghan insurgents reveal how Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, imprisoned by the
Taliban in Pakistan since 2009, made a bold bid for freedombut was
quickly recaptured. ......
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With ?Friends? Like This Who Need
Enemies - The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai
deliberately sabotaged U.S. efforts to negotiate the release
of POW Bowe Bergdhal. On August 29th the Associated Press
reported the breakdown of negotiations with the Taliban. The following
is excerpted from the AP article by Kathy Gannon and Anne Gearan.
[Begin Excerpt] Direct U.S. talks with the Taliban had
evolved to a substantive negotiation before Afghan officials, nervous
that the secret and independent talks would undercut President Hamid
Karzai, scuttled them
Featured prominently in the talks was
the whereabouts and eventual release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who was
captured more than two years ago in eastern Afghanistan,
according to a senior Western diplomat in the region and a childhood
friend of the Taliban negotiator, Tayyab Aga.
The U.S. negotiators asked Aga what could
be done to gain Bergdahl's release. The discussion did not get into
specifics but Aga discussed the release of Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan at
Bagram Air Field
A senior U.S. official acknowledged that the
talks imploded because of the leak and that Aga, while alive, had
disappeared. The U.S. will continue to pursue talks,
the official said. Current and former U.S. officials spoke on condition of
anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks
The talks were deliberately revealed
by someone in the presidential palace, where Karzai's office is located,
said a Western and an Afghan official. The reason was Karzai's animosity
U.S. and fear that any
agreement Washington brokered would undermine his
authority, they said
. [End Excerpt]
Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2011
America's Forgotten Prisoners Of War
Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl are rare
U.S. soldiers captured by the enemy in Iraq
By David Feith
Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl--one born
1965 in Baghdad, the other two decades later
in Hailey, Idaho--wouldn't seem to have much
in common. But this weekend, as Americans
take to beaches and barbeques to celebrate
our independence, Messrs. Altaie and
Bergdahl share a unique, practically unknown
bond: They are the only two U.S. soldiers
currently held captive as prisoners of war.
Over the past decade, the U.S. has deployed
more than two million troops abroad, with
hundreds of thousands in war zones at any
one time. Yet in a sign of how much warfare
has changed since the time of Thucydides,
Grant or even Westmoreland, prisoners of war
in Afghanistan and Iraq have been few in
number and low in profile. Today there is
one in each theater, an unusual symmetry
that seems to magnify the solitude and
difficulty of their plights....
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 518-11
June 16, 2011
Army Promotes Missing-Captured Soldier
The Army announced today the promotion of a
soldier listed as Missing-Captured while supporting Operation Enduring
Freedom to the rank of sergeant effective June 12, 2011.
Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 25, is assigned to 1st Battalion,
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th
Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
This is Bergdahl's second promotion since he was listed as
Missing-Captured on June 30, 2009. He was promoted to the rank of
specialist on June 12, 2010.
For more information on the soldier, media may contact Col.
Timothy Marsano at 208-422-5268.
Father of captured soldier seeks Pakistan's help
MILLER, Associated Press
Fri May 6, 6:39 pm ET
BOISE, Idaho The father of the
only U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war
appealed to the Pakistani military for help in
freeing his son in a video posted on YouTube on
The parents of Spc. Bowe
KABUL New footage of US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who
was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009, has appeared in a video on
jihadist web forums, the SITE monitoring group said on Wednesday.
The brief shot of Bergdahl shows him clean-shaven,
looking lean and anxious, ......
shows US soldier held in Afghanistan
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Deb Riechmann, Associated Press 59
KABUL, Afghanistan A new video released by the Taliban shows Spc. Bowe
Bergdahl, the only known U.S. serviceman held captive in Afghanistan,
with bags under his eyes and what appears to be an abrasion on his left
POW-MIA In Pocatello
Reacts To New Bowe Bergdahl Video
Bergdahl Has Been Held
By The Taliban Since June 30, 2009
Genevieve Judge, Local News 8 Pocatello Bureau Chief
POSTED: 9:37 pm MST December 8, 2010
UPDATED: 11:20 pm MST December 8, 2010
POCATELLO, Idaho -- The parents of a prisoner of war and soldier
from Idaho aren't talking about their son Bowe Bergdahl but they've
confirmed the man in a new video released by the Taliban is their son.
Alive! Fresh video
emerges of U.S. soldier held by the Taliban for 18 months (but has he
Last updated at 6:53 PM on 8th December 2010
Bowe Bergdahl appears without beard despite captors' claim he has
converted to Islam......
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Leaked Documents Provide
Details of Bergdahl Capture On July 28th, the
Associated Press reported:
[Begin Article] Leaked military documents on the war in Afghanistan appear to provide details of the U.S.
Army's search for an Idaho soldier captured last year by the
Taliban. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, has been a captive since June 30,
Documents posted on whistleblower group WikiLeaks' website include
intercepted radio transmissions after Bergdahl went missing from his
base in southern Afghanistan as well as details about talks two days
later with village elders about a possible prisoner swap.
documents, Afghan tribal leaders assured U.S. officials that Bergdahl was
alive and unharmed. Col. Tim Marsano, an Idaho National Guard
spokesman, declined to comment on still-classified military documents.
Marsano has alerted Bergdahl's family in Idaho about media reports about the leaked
documents. [End Article]
For The Record We oppose
the leaking of documents during ongoing military operations that could
endanger American service members. However, we welcome any leaks, or
release of documentation involving POW and MIA records over 25 years
old. There is absolutely no reason information 25 years or older
should remain classified.
One year later, still no answers on missing soldier
Leo Shane III
Published: June 30, 2010
This video frame grab from the Taliban propaganda video released Dec.
25, 2009 purportedly shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl.
ISAF officials today marked the one-year anniversary of the
disappearance of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, declared missing after he didn't
show up for a unit roll call last summer. By mid-July commanders knew
where he was; a Taliban propaganda video showed the young soldier in
Bowe Bergdahl Video Released By Taliban: Captured US Soldier Pleads To
Be Returned Home
First Posted: 04- 8-10 09:44 AM | Updated: 04- 8-10 11:09 AM
(AP) WASHINGTON - The Taliban released a video Wednesday of a man
identified as an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June,
showing him pleading for his freedom and to be returned home......
Captured US Soldier: 'Bring Me
New Taliban Video Shows Pfc.
Bowe Bergdahl, Captured Nine Months Ago
By MATTHEW COLE and JIM
Taliban releases video of
By LOLITA C. BALDOR and
PAULINE JELINEK (AP)
WASHINGTON The Taliban have
released a video of a man identified as an American soldier captured
in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his release and
In the video, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to go home and says
the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number
of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison......
Militants threaten to
By Sandra Jontz, Stars
Saturday, February 6, 2010
have threatened to execute the American soldier theyve held since June
does not release the Pakistani scientist convicted this week of attempted
murder, according to Arab news outlets.
The Afghan Taliban
threatened to execute Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl if the
does not release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman convicted Wednesday by
federal jury of two counts of attempted murder against
The Taliban released a video Friday showing a U.S. soldier who was
captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan.
Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American serviceman in captivity.
The U.S. airborne infantryman was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika
province on June 30.......
Monitor: Tape of Captured
Terrorism tracking group: Taliban to release new video of
soldier captured in
DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer
December 16, 2009 (AP)
The Taliban have announced they will release a new video of a
soldier captured in
, a U.S.-based terrorism monitoring group said Wednesday.
SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based terrorist tracking organization,
said the media arm of the Afghan Taliban made the announcement Wednesday
on their Web site.
Shows Support For Soldier
By Brittany Cooper
Story Published: Aug 9, 2009 at 12:11 AM CDT
Story Updated: Aug 9, 2009 at
12:15 AM CDT
Since word got out that private first class Bowe
Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban - the number of people
supporting him and his family grew tremendously.
And today Bowe's family saw that support firsthand in Hailey......
ABC News Blotter Alerts Mon., July 20, 2009
Now on the Blotter
Exclusive: Missing U.S. Soldier May Be in
Bowe Bergdahl Kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan
The U.S. soldier kidnapped by Taliban forces in Afghanistan may
have been taken across the border to Pakistan, complicating
efforts to obtain his release, according to two people involved in
U.S. and Afghan military efforts to locate him, and three Afghan
soldiers captured with him.
The soldier, Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Idaho, is the first
serviceman captured .....
here to read the full story.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 526-09
July 19, 2009
DoD Identifies Operation Enduring Freedom Soldier
The Department of Defense announced today the identity of
a soldier listed as Missing-Captured on July 3 while supporting Operation
Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, was declared
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) on July 1 and his status was
changed to "Missing-Captured" on July 3.
Pfc. Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry
Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
AP sources: Taliban video shows captive US soldier
AP This video frame grab taken from a Taliban propaganda video
released Saturday, July 18, 2009 shows an
By PAMELA HESS and LOLITA BALDOR, Associated Press Writers
Pamela Hess And Lolita Baldor, Associated Press Writers 43 mins ago
WASHINGTON The American soldier who went missing June 30 from his base
in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured,
appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two U.S.
defense officials said.......
Associated Press writers Robert H. Reid in Kabul and Christine Simmons in
Washington contributed to this report.
: American Soldier
Chandrasekaran and Debbi Wilgoren
Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 2, 2009; 7:22 AM
July 2 -- A U.S. soldier missing from his base in eastern
since Tuesday is believed to have been captured by Taliban militants, the
military said Thursday.
a statement issued from
military headquarters in
, officials said "we are exhausting all available resources to
ascertain his whereabouts and provide for his safe return." .....
reported from Washington
soldier sold to clan
, July 2 (UPI) -- A missing
thought to have been captured in southeastern
has been sold to a militant clan, a
military official said Thursday.
unidentified senior military official told CNN the soldier, whose name was
not released, was captured along with three Afghan soldiers and then sold
to a militant group led by warlord Siraj Haqqani. ......
By KATHY GANNON and KAY JOHNSON 06/20/13 04:04 PM ET EDT