Name: Bowe R. Bergdahl
Branch/Rank:  Army/Pfc
1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment,
4th Brigade Combat Team, 
25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Date of Birth/Age:  28 March 1986  / 23 at capture
Home City of Record:  Hailey, Idaho
Date of Loss:
June 30, 2009
(previously announced by the Army as July 2, 2009)

Country of Loss: Afghanistan
Original Status:
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).  
Current Status:  D
eclared missing-captured on July 3, 2009
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

ers in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. July 2009 with information from family. 2021.

Four Taliban members swapped for Bowe Bergdahl now in Afghan government

Four of the five Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration in 2014 in exchange for admitted US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl are part of the Islamic fundamentalist group’s new hardline government in Afghanistan, according to local media reports....










Hero American soldier dies 10 years after he was paralyzed when he was shot in the head in Afghanistan while

searching for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl

National Guard Master Sergeant Mark Allen died in Georgia on Saturday at the age of 46. He was shot in the head by a sniper in Afghanistan in 2009 looking for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl....








Appeals Court Affirms Bergdahl Conviction, Finds No Unlawful Command Influence

..."We are planning to take it before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces as soon as possible," attorney Eugene Fidell told




Bowe Bergdahl Seeking New Trial or Clemency Due to Trump Comments

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia -- The Army's Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments Thursday in the ongoing case of Bowe Bergdahl, with the former soldier's attorneys contending that the case should be reconsidered or Berghdahl should be granted clemency because President Donald Trump's comments and tweets tainted the proceedings....

General Upholds Judge's No-Prison Sentence for Bergdahl



WASHINGTON – A top Army general on Monday approved the sentence handed down to Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who was spared prison time after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior charges last year....




The 6 U.S. Soldiers Who DIED Searching for Bowe Bergdahl
By Mark Thompson/ June 2, 2014

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban after they held him for nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban leaders, who will
spend a year cooling their heels in Qatar.
Chances are you haven’t heard of the six soldiers who died hunting for him after he deserted, according to military officials.
Bergdahl has been sprung in exchange for five senior Taliban officials, who had been imprisoned at Guantanamo.
Soldiers who served with Bergdahl are recounting that he deserted and shouldn’t be hailed as a hero, especially given the resulting cost in
American lives....


Bergdahl Chooses to Have Trial Heard by Judge and Not Jury

RALEIGH, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is choosing be tried by a judge — not a military jury — on charges that he endangered
comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.



Bergdahl Judge Denies Defense Motion to Dismiss Misbehavior Charge

.....On Thursday, Col. Jeffery Nance -- the military judge overseeing the court-martial -- denied a motion from defense lawyers to dismiss
the charge of misbehavior before the enemy. Defense lawyers have said the misbehavior charge doesn't name a specific offense, and therefore should be void because it fails to give fair notice of what action is forbidden.

In March 2015, Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.
He walked off a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was subsequently held by the Taliban for nearly five years.....



A former Navy SEAL and a former Army Ranger are claiming that they both suffered career-ending injuries while searching for Army Sgt. Bowe ...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A judge has refused to rule that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban ended his unauthorized absence, hours after he left his post in Afghanistan in 2009....

FOR BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA - A former Navy SEAL says his career was ended by a wound he suffered on a search mission to find Army Sgt.

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prosecutors argue that serious injuries ...
In the buildup to Bowe Bergdahl's court-martial, a retired Navy SEAL told a military judge Wednesday that he suffered a career-ending leg wound ...


A former Navy Seal says his career was ended by a wound he suffered on a search mission to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier walked ...

A former Navy Seal testified Wednesday that his military career ended when he was shot in the leg during a hastily planned mission to find Army Sgt.


Bergdahl trial delayed as his lawyers appeal to highest military court over Trump comments

WASHINGTON — The court-martial against accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was delayed this week as his attorneys asked a third court to dismiss the case over
disparaging comments President Donald Trump often repeated on the campaign trail about the former Taliban captive.

Bergdahl’s lawyers filed an appeal Thursday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces asserting their client’s case must be dismissed because Trump’s comments, i
ncluding calling the soldier a “dirty, rotten, no good traitor,” could undermine the public’s confidence in his ability to receive a fair trial..

Judge to Consider Delaying Bergdahl Trial by Several Months

RALEIGH, N.C. — A military judge will consider delaying the trial of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on charges of desertion and misbehavior
before the enemy.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Monday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Prosecutors filed a motion in October asking to delay the trial by several months until May 2017. They cite the pace at which they're able
to get approval to give the defense classified evidence.....


Judge: Abrams Must Testify About Letters Destroyed in Bergdahl Case


Trial Schedule in Question as Bergdahl Returns to Court

WASHINGTON – An Army judge is expected to decide Monday whether accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's case was improperly influenced by a powerful senator or whether the four-star commander overseeing it must be dismissed.

In separate motions filed in recent weeks, Bergdahl's attorneys have asked the judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance, to remove the case from the docket until prosecutors can finish vetting a massive cache of classified information and dismiss the court-martial's convening authority, Army Gen. Robert Abrams, because of his prior knowledge of the case and their allegations that he destroyed evidence. They have also requested the charges be dismissed against Bergdahl because of comments made by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that they argue violated their client's right to due process....



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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Lone American Still Held in Afghanistan, Safely Returned

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier still in captivity in Afghanistan, was released and returned to U.S. special operations forces Saturday. Berghdal had been held since 2009, when he was captured in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province.......



The following is the text of a statement by President Obama on the
release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl:

Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in America’s past wars. Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield. And as we find relief in Bowe’s recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue.

For his assistance in helping to secure our soldier’s return, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Amir of Qatar. The Amir’s personal commitment to this effort is a testament to the partnership between our two countries. The United States is also grateful for the support of the Government of Afghanistan throughout our efforts to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release.

This week the United States renewed its commitment to the Afghan people and made clear that we will continue to support them as their chart their own future. The United States also remains committed to supporting an Afghan-led reconciliation process as the surest way to achieve a stable, secure, sovereign, and unified Afghanistan. While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground.



AP sources: Work to free US soldier disorganized  


... captive in Afghanistan, worn by an audience member as Bergdahl's father Bob spoke at the annual Rolling Thunder rally for POW/MIA awareness, ..

Administration reportedly seeks prisoner swap with Taliban to free American POW

The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.

Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.

The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made. ...

POW bracelet
Daily update February 13, 2014
McCartney, Trace Adkins wear Idaho POW bracelet
BOISE – The fight continues to get prisoner of war and Idaho native ... Queen Latifah, all those was given a bracelet and getting pictures," said Murphy....


Sent: 26 January, 2014 09:10
Subject: >From Debbie


Good Morning Bowe supporters.


Today on a link was started for you to send a picture of yourself and your family wishing Bowe a Happy Birthday. Please email the pictures to and we will see that they get posted.


Don’t forget to send Birthday Cards for Bowe to the Idaho Senators and Congressman you can find all the information you need on

U.S. has recent 'proof of life' video of POW Bowe Bergdahl

This story was originally published on

Source: Missing U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in video

By Jim Sciutto, CNN
updated 4:50 PM EST, Wed January 15, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. military has obtained new video apparently made by those holding the lone American prisoner of war, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

A U.S. military official told CNN the clip shows the Wood Valley, Idaho, native in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity.

He was seized in Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan, the official said.

The so-called proof-of-life video, the first of him in nearly three years, has a reference to December 14, 2013......

Idaho p.o.w. remembered on Christmas Eve

...This is Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's 5th Christmas as a P.O.W. Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan
 and is believed to be held by the Taliban in Pakistan....


Hagel Honors Existing POW Bowe Bergdahl on National Day of Recognition

Defense secretary promises continued effort on POW/MIA Recognition Day to free soldier detained by Haqqani Network

September 20, 201

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, left, who is presumed to be a captive of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan, an Islamic militant group associated with the Taliban.

Remembering America's prisoners of war took on a flavor of current events on Friday, when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel included in his POW/MIA Day remarks a note about one soldier who remains far behind enemy lines.

[READ: U.S.-Taliban Talks Could Lead to Release of American Captive]

Bowe Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 and is believed to be held in Pakistan by the Haqqani Network, an Islamic militant group associated with the Taliban. Hagel cited this missing warrior on Friday as he spoke before a group of veteran POWs and the families of those who remain missing in action.

"We vow never to leave a fellow service member behind," Hagel said, flanked by a field of neatly organized rows of honor guards from all the service branches. "That commitment extends to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan more than four years ago."

"Our hearts today are with the Bergdahl family. Using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools, the United States is continuing its efforts to secure Sgt. Bergdahl's safe release."....

Idaho POW's Afghan Militant Captor Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike


A U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive. That's according to news reports out of Pakistan. The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani  Network....


Sunday Marks 4 Years for Soldier's Captivity as POW in Afghanistan

Posted on: 11:33 pm, June 30, 2013, by , updated on: 11:34pm, June 30, 2013

(WHNT) – Sunday marks the 4th anniversary of an American's capture in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American Soldier being held as a Prisoner of War in Afghanistan.  Recently, the Taliban offered to release Bergdahl in exchange for five members of the radical group being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.....

POW Bracelets Return to Generate Awareness for Captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Sacramento Bee
NOVI, Mich., June 27, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In the early 70's, Voices In Vital America (VIVA) distributed Bracelets to generate awareness for the Prisoners of War (POW) held captive during the Vietnam War. Today, Memorial Bracelets is once again ...

June 30, 2013 Marks The Beginning of the Fourth Year of Bowe's Captivity

Bowe Bergdahl, 27, was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Friends, experts, congressmen react to possible Bergdahl release

by Justin Corr

Bio | Email | Follow: @JCorrKTVB


Posted on June 20, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated today at 6:19 PM


BOISE -- News of Prisoner of War Bowe Bergdahl's possible release is inspiring cautious optimism from friends and supporters here in his home state of Idaho and around the nation. But, State Department officials are cautioning about too much optimism heading into possible negotiations with the Taliban.

Dwight Murphy, the spokesman for the Boise Valley POW/MIA and friend of the Bergdahls, is hopeful. "What happened is we got new found hope."

He's hopeful that negotiations with the Taliban will finally bring home Sgt. Bergdahl. "I'm going to think positive. I have the utmost faith and prayers that Bowe is coming home," said Murphy.....

22 Jun 2013
Taliban May Free US POW In Exchange For Senior Operatives
He's the only known US POW from the Afghan war. Bergdahl is from Hailey, Idaho. And Jessica Robinson of Public Radio's Northwest News Network is headed ...

Bowe Bergdahl Bash Features Plea for Peace


Report: Taliban offers to swap American POW for five Gitmo detainees

A senior spokesman for the Afghan Taliban said the group is ready to hand over the only known American prisoner of war from the conflict in Afghanistan in exchange for five senior operatives held at Guantanamo Bay, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 27, from Hailey, Idaho, has been held captive since 2009 after going missing from his base in Afghanistan. His whereabouts are not known, but it is believed he is being held in Pakistan....

Bowe Bergdahl Trade: Taliban Offer To Hand Over Captive U.S. Soldier For 5 Senior Operatives


'Very Optimistic': Taliban Prisoner-Swap Offer Sparks Emotions at Idaho POW Rally | Video |


Taliban offer adds urgency to Idaho POW rally - ...
... behind her and urging forgiveness after the Food Network decided not to ... Buses also brought POW-MIA activists to the event from as far as Elko, Nev.

Taliban offer gives hope to Idaho POW rally | Fox News

...Obama administration officials also told NBC News that the U.S. is pursuing a prisoner exchange with the Taliban to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held for several years by the Haqqani network, considered a dangerous element of the Taliban....

Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 21:57:52 -0500
Subject: Fwd: POW/MIA 6/15/2013


I just returned tonight from the Alliance of Families meeting in DC. You will be reading about Amy Waters Yarsinske book An American In The Basement which will be released in July. Amy was one of the speakers on Friday, her information on Scott Speicher and how we left him to be taken prisoner and to know first hand he was alive should outrage you. I purchased an advance copy of the book and read a chapter on the airplane tonight.  I urge you to read this book to find the truth of how the CIA left him to die.  Also think about Bowe Bergdahl and what will happen to him, I mentioned to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Major General W. Montague Winfield about DPMO now in charge of finding Bowe and the fact that DPMO returns remains not live bodies.
Thanks to Bill Bell for all information
John Bates 
VietNow National POW/MIA Chairman


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Sends Letter To Family

By Paul Johnson

Story Updated: Jun 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM MDT
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – Boise TV Station KBOI is reporting that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's family has received a letter from the captured Idaho soldier.

A friend close to the family says they believe it was written by him because they say it's his handwriting in the letter. They say they are ecstatic and believe he's still alive......

If this was your son or your daughter would you not being doing everything you could to get him or her home.
We hope that you will all join us on June 22nd in Hailey Idaho to show your support for our AMERICAN POW and his family.
On June 22nd in Hailey Idaho I will be hosting an event to show the world that we want Bowe Back.
In addition to the event 500 motorcycles will be meeting in Jerome Idaho at the Flying J where they will be escorted to the event by Police Chief Jeff Gunter the 50 miles to Bellevue where they will than meet up with the Motorcycle groups from Boise Idaho. They will than be escorted to the event.
What started out as a small home town event has become an event where we are expecting over 2,000 people to attend.
Should you need any additional information please contact me at
(208) 578-2233 home or if I'm not at home please call my cell phone at (208) 450-9687
Debbie O'Neill

From: Patrick J. Hughes []
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:04 PM
To: Patrick Hughes
Subject: Memorial Day 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery | POW Bowe Bergdahl is still Alive, after 4 years!


It was a beautiful bright sunny Memorial Day at Section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery where many family members, loved ones and friends paid there respects to their fallen heroes. Again this year our President and the new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stopped bye to visit with the families.

Once again I asked our President Barack Obama if POW Bowe Bergdahl was still alive and he answered “We are still working on it, there is nothing we think is more important, it's a priority”. Then I asked the same question of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his response was “I committed to them ( Bob & Jani Bergdahl ) and we are doing actively working on that right now”. Is he still alive today? “Well, we have every indication he is”. “We are going to do everything we can”.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho was captured by the Taliban in Paktika Providence, Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. He was moved into the Tribal Region of Pakistan soon after. Bowe Bergdahl is still alive, he is being held captive and, if he were not considered of value by the Taliban, he would have been executed.

The President or the Secretary-of-State are the only ones that can make the decision and order the appropriate action be taken. Since we are now out of Iraq and very soon our troops will be leaving Afghanistan we should be writing letters to our Senators and Congressman demanding that action be taken to bring Bowe Bergdahl home now!

Our Service Men and Woman are putting their lives on the line every day for US, ‘We should never leave anyone behind”!

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God Bless America

.....Given the unconventional nature of the two most recent wars in Asia, no American soldiers were left behind in Iraq and there is only one prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in June 2009 and he has largely become a forgotten man as his time in captivity has grown ever longer. His story has some unusual aspects, a tale that in some respects reflects the ambiguities of fighting wars where there is no clear national interest coupled with the unfortunate transformation of some in the United States who seek to justify America’s never ending wars by blaming the numerous victims of the conflict. Bergdahl, together with the many other soldiers killed or maimed, is as much a victim of Washington’s destructive global war on terror as the numerous civilians killed by drones or the Taliban and the continued carnage in “liberated” Iraq......

Take a few minutes out of your busy day to listen to Jani and Bob Berdghal wish Bowe a Happy Birthday.... As you know BOWE is our only AMERICAN POW.
Today, March 28,  Bowe turns 27 years old.

Idahoan’s Unlikely Journey to Life as a Taliban Prisoner

Delco Vets want to bring Bowe home
Delco News Network
For three years Caroline and Keith Maupin came to Rolling Thunder to bring awareness that their son Matt Maupin was a POW. The armed forces medical examiner ...
Kidnapped US citizens: US seeks Pakistan's help to secure citizens' release

US authorities have formally sought the Pakistan government’s 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......


John Brennan POW Bracelet Makes Appearance At Hearing, Honors Bowe Bergdahl

The Huffington Post | By Posted:

CIA director nominee John Brennan sent a powerful message on Thursday when he wore an accessory that honored prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, an American captive held by the Taliban since 2009.

Bergdahl went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. The Taliban released videos of Bergdahl, demanding $1 billion and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners in exchange for his release, according to the POW Network.

In addition to the bright yellow POW bracelet, Brennan wore a black "9/11 Memorial" bracelet that read "United By Hope" on the reverse side.....


Kidnapped US citizens: US seeks Pakistan’s help to secure citizens’ release

Published: January 18, 2013


....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.....

Haqqani: Terrorist designation may bring "hardships" for US POW ...
CBS News
Special Section: Afghanistan, The Way Forward US labeling Haqqani network a terror group Emails: POW Bowe Bergdahl was "ashamed" of US "Until now we treated ...


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 ...


American POW may have deserted before he was captured by Taliban, emails to family suggest

Bowe Bergdahl had talked to other soldiers about walking to Pakistan, according to a report

WASHINGTON — Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting.

Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was "ashamed to even be American" and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine......


Thursday, June 7, 2012

'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......

May 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

Father of POW wins support at cycle rally

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 push


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......

U.S. Prisoner Bowe Bergdahl’s 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 freedom—but 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 toward the U.S. and fear that any agreement Washington brokered would undermine his authority, they said…. [End Excerpt]


Wall Street Journal
July 2, 2011 
Pg. 11

America's Forgotten Prisoners Of War
Ahmed Altaie and Bowe Bergdahl are rare U.S. soldiers captured by the enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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....

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

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 Friday.

The parents of Spc. Bowe Bergdahl ......

Taliban release video of captured US soldier


A newly released Taliban video shows the only U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war being blindfolded and led away by an insurgent. It appears a portion of the same video was released months ago.........



New footage of captured US soldier: SITE

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, ......

Taliban video shows US soldier held in Afghanistan


By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Deb Riechmann, Associated Press – 59 mins ago

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 cheek......


POW-MIA In Pocatello Reacts To New Bowe Bergdahl Video

Bergdahl Has Been Held By The Taliban Since June 30, 2009

By 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 been beaten?)

By Rob Cooper
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, 2009.

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.

In the 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]


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One year later, still no answers on missing soldier

By 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.
Associated Press

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 their captivity......

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......

Bowe Bergdahl Video: Clip Thought To Show American Held In Afghanistan

Captured US Soldier: 'Bring Me Home!'

New Taliban Video Shows Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, Captured Nine Months Ago

Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 21:19:28 -0400
Subject: POW Bowe Bergdahl

Taliban releases video of captured US soldier


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 return home.

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 execute U.S. soldier

By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes

European edition, Saturday, February 6, 2010

Militants in Afghanistan have threatened to execute the American soldier they’ve held since June if the United States 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 U.S. does not release Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman convicted Wednesday by a New York federal jury of two counts of attempted murder against U.S. soldiers in......

KABUL, Dec. 25, 2009

Taliban Video Shows Captive U.S. Soldier

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, 23, of Idaho, Appears to Be In Good Shape; Calls Afghanistan Next Vietnam for U.S.

    • Frame grab of video released by Taliban shows man identifying himself as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in June in eastern Afghanistan.  (AP)

(AP)  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.......

Terror Monitor: Tape of Captured US Soldier Due
Terrorism tracking group: Taliban to release new video of US soldier captured in Afghanistan

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer
KABUL December 16, 2009 (AP)

The Taliban have announced they will release a new video of a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan , 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. .....

Town Shows Support For Soldier

By Brittany Cooper

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
July 20, 2009

Exclusive: Missing U.S. Soldier May Be in Pakistan

Pfc. 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 .....

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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 Enduring Freedom.

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.


U.S. : American Soldier Captured in Afghanistan

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Debbi Wilgoren

Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 2, 2009; 7:22 AM

CAMP LEATHERNECK , Afghanistan, July 2 -- A U.S. soldier missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan since Tuesday is believed to have been captured by Taliban militants, the military said Thursday.

In a statement issued from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul , officials said "we are exhausting all available resources to ascertain his whereabouts and provide for his safe return." .....

Wilgoren reported from Washington  


Report: Missing U.S. soldier sold to clan

  KABUL , Afghanistan , July 2 (UPI) -- A missing U.S. soldier thought to have been captured in southeastern Afghanistan has been sold to a militant clan, a U.S. military official said Thursday.

The 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. ......