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Monday, June 18, 2018

U.S. House Condemns Obama For Releasing ‘Taliban Five’

Washington (AFP) — U.S. lawmakers slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday for failing to notify Congress before releasing five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo in exchange for an American POW. U.S. officials, fearing for the life and health of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who had been held captive for five years, swiftly negotiated for his release […]

September 10, 2014

Released Afghan POW Bowe Bergdahl Completes Treatment, Takes New Army Post

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan until he was traded May 31 for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, has completed his U.S. military-led reintegration and has been assigned to an army unit in Texas to continue his military service. […]

July 14, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl To Return To U.S. On Friday

Washington (AFP) – The American soldier released by Afghan insurgents in a swap with the Taliban will return to the United States on Friday after undergoing medical treatment at a military hospital in Germany, a U.S. defense official said Thursday. Bowe Bergdahl was “expected to arrive on Friday” at Brooke Army Medical Center in San […]

June 12, 2014

What Matters Most: Bringing Bowe Bergdahl Back

Those who object to President Barack Obama’s recent prisoner exchange raise a bracing question: How many Taliban terrorists is one freed U.S. soldier worth? That question lies at the heart of the backlash that President Obama has received after doing what many of his critics have been urging him to do: take action to free […]

June 9, 2014

Obama: ‘No Apologies’ For Trading Detainees For Bergdahl

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he will “make no apologies” for trading five Taliban detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, defiantly pushing back against critics of the decision by referring to Bergdahl as a “prisoner of war” and as “somebody’s child” who is now headed […]

June 5, 2014

Lawmakers Demand Answers Over Obama POW-Taliban Trade

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five detained Taliban operatives for an American soldier captured in Afghanistan has baffled lawmakers, with many questioning the military and political merits of the controversial exchange. Some warned that the president, already burdened by a series of crises, has sunk deeper into political quicksand by negotiating […]

June 5, 2014

Right-Wing Hypocrites Demand Obama Secure Bergdahl’s Release… Until He Does

You’ve got to hand it to American conservatives. They may not be rational, but at least they’re consistent. They can kick, scream and clamor for something with relentless fervor… until President Obama does it, in which case it becomes the epitome of evil and irresponsibility. The recent release of the last known American prisoner of […]

June 4, 2014

Obama Defends Deal With Taliban To Free U.S. Soldier

Warsaw (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended a prisoner swap deal with the Taliban to free a U.S. soldier held for five years, following attacks from his Republican foes. Obama said that he saw an opportunity for a swift deal amid concerns for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s health and that he had a […]

June 3, 2014

General: Freed U.S. Soldier May Face Investigation

Washington (AFP) – Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, recently released after five years as a captive of the Taliban, may still be disciplined if the army finds evidence of misconduct, the U.S. military’s top officer said Tuesday General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was speaking after claims from members of Bergdahl’s unit […]

June 3, 2014

Exchange Of Idaho Soldier Bowe Bergdahl For Taliban Detainees Sets Off Debate

By Hannah Allam and James Rosen McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON _ An American soldier who spent nearly five years in Taliban captivity was freed Saturday in exchange for five members of the Taliban who’d been imprisoned for years at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, in an unprecedented prisoner exchange that sparked both […]

June 1, 2014