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Hagel Stands Up For ‘Tough Call’ To Trade Taliban Prisoners For Bergdahl

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday defended the swapping of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners, insisting that the exchange was the “last, best chance” to get him back and did not violate a long-standing U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Hagel, in the first […]

June 12, 2014

White House Briefing Fails To Calm Bergdahl Storm

By William Douglas and John Moritz, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Obama administration suggested Monday that the deal to swap five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could rekindle peace negotiations between the terrorist group and Afghan government. The suggestion of a possible benefit from the deal came as the White House continued to […]

June 10, 2014

Kerry Says Five Released Taliban Risk Death If They Fight Again

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in his first remarks on the prisoner swap involving American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, warned Sunday that the five released Taliban leaders risk being killed by the United States if they re-enter the fight. He spoke as reports emerged that Bergdahl, held for five […]

June 9, 2014

Obama Defends Swap Of Taliban Detainees For Army Sgt. Bergdahl

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WARSAW — President Barack Obama defended his administration’s decision to trade Taliban detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Tuesday, saying there wasn’t time to consult with Congress as he followed the “pretty sacred rule” that Americans don’t leave men and women in uniform […]

June 3, 2014