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Bowe Bergdahl
1:14 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Investigation: Pentagon Violated Law With Bergdahl Swap

Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's failure to notify the relevant congressional committees at least 30 days in advance of the exchange broke the law.

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Idaho News
8:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl's Attorney Says Former POW Wants To Go To College

Credit Dept. of Defense

Hailey, Idaho native and former Taliban prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to go to college.

In an interview with CBS News, Bergdahl's attorney said Tuesday his client would like to attend college once an Army investigation into the soldier's 2009 disappearance from a base in Afghanistan is over.

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Bowe Bergdahl
3:18 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Army Investigators Begin Questioning Former POW Bergdahl

Credit Idaho National Guard

A defense attorney for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says the U.S. Army has begun questioning the soldier about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban. 

Fidell declined to comment on what Bergdahl is being asked.An Army spokeswoman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The investigation's findings will help determine whether the 28-year-old is prosecuted for desertion or faces any other disciplinary action.

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Bowe Bergdahl
3:10 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

House Panel Condemns Obama For Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

The Armed Services Committee voted 34-25 on Tuesday for a nonbinding, bipartisan resolution that disapproves of the exchange and faults Obama for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance, as required by law.

Bowe Bergdahl
4:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:07 pm

The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks.

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Bowe Bergdahl
6:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing. Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by U.S. Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.

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Bowe Bergdahl
8:50 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Former Captive Bergdahl Will Return To Regular Duty In Army

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:58 am

The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas. When he was released in May, Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years.

Responding to questions from NPR's Tom Bowman about his status, the Army issued a statement:

"Sgt. Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of U.S. Army South and is currently being assigned to U.S. Army North, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA).

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Bowe Bergdahl
2:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Bergdahl Venturing Off Texas Military Base As Part Of Reintegration Process

Credit Department of Defense

A U.S. Army spokeswoman says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, is being allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl has been receiving care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio since returning to the United States last month.

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Bowe Bergdahl
10:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Army Hasn't Yet Interviewed Former POW Bergdahl

Bergdahl, a Hailey, Idaho native, was handed over to U.S. officials on May 31 after five years in captivity.
Credit Taliban Propaganda Video Screengrab

The U.S. Army sergeant recently released from captivity by the Taliban is in something of a legal limbo as the investigation continues into why and how he left his post in Afghanistan five years ago and ended up in insurgents' hands.

Senior U.S. Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed last week to investigate the matter. They said he has not been read his legal rights and has not asked for a lawyer.

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Bowe Bergdahl
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Former Idaho POW Bergdahl Continues Recovery In Outpatient Care

Credit Dept. of Defense

The U.S. Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released from inpatient care at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

A statement Sunday from the Army says the former prisoner of war in Afghanistan is now receiving outpatient care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The Army says his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase of social interactions.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Mon June 16, 2014

U.S. Launches Investigation Into Disappearance Of Bergdahl

A video frame grab of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl released by the Voice of Jihad website shows the soldier during his captivity.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:50 am

The U.S. Army has launched an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding both how Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared in Afghanistan and his capture by the Taliban.

In a statement, the Army said it had appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl as its investigating officer. The statement continues:

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National Security
2:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

As Bergdahl Touches Down In Texas, Reintegration Begins

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:23 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S. The former Taliban prisoner is now undergoing treatment at an Army hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Bowe Bergdahl
1:46 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bergdahl, now 28, spent nearly five years as POW.
Credit Courtesy of the Bergdahl family

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW, except among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray.

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

Bowe Bergdahl, seen on a Taliban-affiliated website sometime after his capture by Taliban militants in 2009.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:52 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S.

As we told you early this morning, Bergdahl, who was freed May 31 by his Taliban captors in exchange for five of the group's members in Guantanamo Bay, arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He will continue his treatment at the center.

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Bowe Bergdahl
12:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Pentagon: Bergdahl Has Left Germany, Headed To Texas

Credit Idaho National Guard

This story was updated at 3:28 p.m.

The Pentagon says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has now left Germany on board a U.S. military aircraft and will arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, early Friday morning.

Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is returning to the United States, but he will not receive the promotion that would have been automatic had he still been held prisoner.

A U.S. official said Bergdahl would go directly to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, arriving Friday.

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Bowe Bergdahl
9:57 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Bergdahl Writing, Posts Show Frustration, Struggle

This image was taken from a May 31, 2014 video released by the Taliban.
Credit Taliban Propaganda Video Screengrab

In public Facebook posts written before he vanished from his military base in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke of his frustration with the world.

He criticized military commanders and mused about how to stop violence.

But in his personal writings, he seemed to focus his frustrations on himself and his struggle to maintain his mental stability.

Together, the writings paint a portrait of a man who was dealing with two conflicts — one fought with bullets and bombs, the other fought within himself.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:01 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Idaho County Commissioner Asks Media To Leave Sgt. Bergdahl's Hometown

An Idaho county commissioner held a press conference in the hometown of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday to tell reporters and outsiders to leave the town and the Bergdahl family alone.

The Times-News reports that Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen said people should stop attacking Bergdahl, his family and the people of Hailey for standing by him.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Bergdahl Swap Was 'Extraordinary Situation,' Hagel Says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:24 pm

Updated at 11:51 a.m. ET

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Bowe Bergdahl
1:58 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Idaho Rep. Labrador Urges Politicians To Stop Criticizing Sgt. Bergdahl

Rep. Labrador represents Idaho's First Congressional District.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, a Republican, is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation Tuesday in Washington D.C. 

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Bowe Bergdahl
6:29 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

'Awareness' No Longer The Issue For Bergdahl’s Supporters

Groups across the country distributed stickers, patches, armbands and other items to get Bowe Bergdahl’s name out during his captivity.
Courtesy of Buster Hickam

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani Bergdahl thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity.

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