U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in American custody.
U.S. officials say that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(If they were scheduled to be released anyway, then OK. If not, then they should have not done that as it only sets very bad precedent.)
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been in the captivity of the Taliban-aligned Afghanistan Haqqani network since June 2009. (Bowe Bergdahl was a PFC at the time of his capture, but as per US Military tradition, those missing and captured are promoted and paid while in captivity.)
The circumstances of his disappearance have been a subject of much debate since 2009 so his return will hopefully answer a lot of questions.
I’m happy to have him back.
Now let the wholesale bombing of Pakistan’s NW region begin!
The Taliban originally demanded $1 million and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.
This was at the urging of Aafia Siddiqui’s FAMILY as they maintain close connections with the Haqqani Network.
Fortunately Aafia Siddiqui will remain in US custody for the next 80-years but her extended family now needs some much needed JDAM therapy.