Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl
11:17 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Will Sgt. Bergdahl Be Left Behind In Afghanistan?

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  — who's been held by the Taliban since 2009 — has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

But if he's released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

Some people are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit in Paktika province.

Bergdahl — who's from Idaho — was last seen in a video the Taliban released in December.

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Bowe Bergdahl
10:42 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Prisoner Swap Talks On Idaho Solider

Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive since 2009.

The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

In a terse emailed statement Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the "current complex political situation in the country" for the suspension of what was considered the best chance of securing Bergdahl's freedom since his capture in 2009. It is the first official acknowledgement of indirect talks with the U.S. to free Bergdahl.

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Celebrities Use Bracelets To Raise Awareness For Idaho POW Bergdahl

Paul McCartney and American Soldier Network founder Annie Nelson wear Bowe Bergdahl bracelets at a dress rehearsal for the Grammy's.
Credit American Soldier Network

U.S. diplomats are reportedly renewing their efforts to arrange a prisoner swap for Idaho soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who's been in Taliban captivity nearly five years. Bergdahl would be exchanged for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Bowe Bergdahl
9:55 am
Tue February 18, 2014

U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl

Credit Dept. of Defense

The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is working on a possible prisoner swap with the Taliban in order to free Idaho prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to the Post, U.S. officials are prepared to release five members of the Afghan Taliban imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Bowe Bergdahl
11:50 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Idaho POW's Family Reacts To New 'Proof Of Life' Video

Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of war since 2009.
Credit Idaho National Guard

Here's the latest update from The Associated Press, 5:20 p.m. 

The Idaho family of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is renewing their call for his release after the seeing a new video of him.

U.S. officials say they believe the video was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive after nearly five years of captivity.

A senior defense official said the video came to light several days ago. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos.

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Bowe Bergdahl
10:14 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Card Campaign Asks You To Put Idaho POW On Your Holiday Mailing List

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, appears in a 2010 video from a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group, the Haqqani Network.
Credit IntelCenter

Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.

Now, organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him.

It's been four-and-a-half years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured near his base in southeast Afghanistan. The now 27-year-old is still believed alive, but so far there's end in sight for his captivity.

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Idaho News
2:23 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

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

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and Sangeen Zadran appear together in a 2010 Taliban video.
Credit IntelCenter

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.

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Bowe Bergdahl
6:00 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Supporters Of Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl Turn Billboards Into Call To Action

Keith Lasseigne helped place this billboard for POW Bowe Bergdahl on 2nd Avenue in Spokane, along with two more in the city.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Supporters of an Idaho soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey has been a prisoner of war for the last four years. Supporters are using billboards to publicize his captivity.

Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. “We have a Bring Bowe Home billboard above us.”

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Idaho POW
8:07 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Idaho Town Hopes For Deal With Taliban That Will Bring POW Home

Credit Idaho National Guard

Four years. That's how long Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban. The soldier from Hailey remains the lone American POW from the Afghan conflict. Now, Bergdahl's parents are calling on the U.S. to reach an agreement that will bring their son home. But any deal hangs precariously on peace talks involving the Taliban, and the weekend saw yet another setback.

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:42 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:17 am

The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.

On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.

Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. At 20, they say, he took apart and rebuilt his 1978 KZ-1000 motorcycle.

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:12 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Idaho Town Marks Soldier's 4th Year In Taliban Captivity

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 9:58 am

Yellow ribbons and black prisoner-of-war flags are lining the streets in Hailey, Idaho today. The town is preparing to honor captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

The 27-year-old Army sergeant has been a prisoner of the Taliban for almost four years. Family and friends are getting ready for what they hope will be the biggest and last local rally to bring Bergdahl home.

Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey's Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to participate in the Bergdahl event.

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Bowe Bergdahl
3:43 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Taliban Statement Renews Hope For Idaho Soldier's Release

A 2010 Taliban video shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.
Credit IntelCenter

News that the Taliban is open to a prisoner swap is bringing renewed hope to supporters of a captive soldier from the Northwest.

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Military
7:44 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Taliban Offers To Release Idaho POW As Part Of Prisoner Exchange

Credit Idaho National Guard

The Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, says U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, "is as far as I know in good condition."

Suhail spoke in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar.

Bergdahl disappeared in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

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Military
1:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

War Prisoner For Nearly 4 Years, Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence

Credit Idaho National Guard

Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from Bergdahl who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years. The letter's confirmation came about two months after their son turned 27.

The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] helped to get the letter to the family in Hailey, Idaho.

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Military News
8:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

In Birthday Message, POW's Parents Promise To Bring Him Home

Credit Idaho National Guard

The parents of Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl are hoping a message they recorded for his 27th birthday will reach him in captivity. Bergdahl remains America's only POW from the war in Afghanistan.

Bob and Jani Bergdahl recorded a message on KECH, a radio station in Idaho's Wood River Valley.

“Happy birthday, Bowe Bergdahl!” they say.
“You're 27 years old today, if you forgot," says Mr. Bergdahl. "And you've been in Afghanistan for over four years now.”

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Idaho News
7:56 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Turns 27 In Enemy Hands

Bowe Bergdahl
Credit Courtesy of the Bergdahl family.

Captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl turns 27 Thursday. It's the fourth birthday the Army sergeant from Idaho has passed in the hands of the Taliban and their allies. People who knew Bergdahl are trying to call more attention to the only known POW from the war in Afghanistan.

Not a lot is known about Bergdahl's life since he was captured in June 2009. But it's believed he's now being held by a Taliban-allied insurgent network in Pakistan. U.S. efforts to bring Bergdahl home are wrapped up in slow-moving peace negotiations in Afghanistan with the Taliban

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Military
3:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Militants Say Terrorist Listing Will Add To Idaho POW’s ‘Hardships’

SGT. Bowe Bergdahl
Idaho National Guard

Commanders of the militant Haqqani Network say the U.S. decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization could have repercussions for a captive Idaho soldier. That’s according to reports out Friday from Reuters and NBC. 

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Pentagon
5:16 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Navy SEALs That Killed Bin Laden Also Searched For Idaho POW

Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been held by the Taliban for three years.
Idaho National Guard

A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It also says in 2009, Navy SEALs went after Bowe Bergdahl’s captors too.

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Afghanistan
10:39 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
Dept. of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

Reuters reports the Obama administration has a new offer for Taliban leaders: five Guantanamo Bay detainees delivered to Qatar, in exchange for the release of Bergdahl.

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Bowe Bergdahl
9:08 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Support Remains Strong For Bowe Bergdahl Three Years After Capture

Yellow ribbons have lined the streets of Hailey, Idaho, since Bowe Bergdahl’s capture in 2009.
Jessica Robinson

The Obama administration has started drawing down U.S. forces from Afghanistan. But there's no end in sight for one Idaho soldier.

Saturday marks three years since the Taliban captured Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He’s the only U.S. soldier known to be in enemy hands.  His hometown of Hailey remains solidly supportive of its native son, even amid questions about the circumstances of his capture.

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