Bowe Bergdahl

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Officials have scheduled the initial hearing for the Army sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Army officials announced Thursday that his Article 32 hearing will be held July 8 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

That proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Tuesday commented on statements made by the Obama administration surrounding the release of former prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in an interview on NBC’s Today Show.

Bergdahl is a Hailey, Idaho native who was exchanged in 2014 for five U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Begdahl was held for nearly five years in Afghanistan by a Taliban group after being captured when he walked off his U.S. Army base.

Bergdahl Writing Reveals Idaho Native Was Tortured, Caged As POW

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Former POW and Idaho native Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl tried to escape captivity 12 times in five years he says.

The New York Times news service reports Bergdahl first tried to escape a few hours after he was captured by a Taliban group in 2009.

Bergdahl’s lawyer provided a page-and-a-half narrative written by the 28-year-old soldier. It’s the first public glimpse into Bergdahl’s own experience as a prisoner of war.

Now that he's been charged both with desertion and with misbehavior before the enemy, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be looking at life in prison if he's convicted.

Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years before being freed in a prisoner swap.

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In Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, people have become reluctant to speak publicly about the soldier who was charged Wednesday with desertion.

Bergdahl was held for nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban and he's now facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl left his post in 2009. He was released last May in a controversial prisoner swap.

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A U.S. official says the Army sergeant who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will also be charged with misbehavior before the enemy, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the announcement publicly on the record and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. military plans an announcement at Fort Bragg in North Carolina Wednesday afternoon.

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According to Reuters, the U.S. Army is refuting claims that it's made a decision in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Outlets including Fox News and NBC News reported on Tuesday that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion later this week.  

The reports cited unnamed senior defense officials.

The Pentagon has forwarded its investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance from an Afghan outpost to a general courts-martial convening authority, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

Bergdahl is the U.S. soldier who was held for five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The U.S. gained his freedom in May by trading him for five jailed Taliban.

The Pentagon spokesman said today that action against Bergdahl could range from no further action to convening a court martial.

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U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban.

The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to be briefed on the report as early as today.

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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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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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.

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.

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

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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