US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan (Sticky - Scroll For Newer Posts)

Just breaking....price for his freedom were 5 detainees from Gitmo

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is back in U.S. custody after nearly five years of captivity, U.S. officials said Saturday.

The officials said the Taliban agreed to turn over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The transfers happened after a week of intense negotiations mediated by the government of Qatar, which will take custody of the Afghans.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl's recovery "is a reminder of America's unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield."

Officials said the Taliban turned the 28-year-old Bergdahl over Saturday evening, local time, in Afghanistan. Several dozen U.S. special forces were involved in the exchange, which took place in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistani border.

Officials described the transfer as a nonviolent handover between the American forces and about 18 Taliban.

Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details of his release.

Welcome home soldier.

Posted by: Darth Newbie at 02:02 PM


1 Five more guys we will have to kill the hard way. Gimme a remington 12g and thirty minutes in the cell block and i will save us all a lot of trouble. Prob'ly need wheel barrow and a back hoe too, for clean up afterwards.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at May 31, 2014 12:46 PM

2 Yes, but what would you do in the 29 minutes left over?

Posted by: Bill the Butcher at May 31, 2014 06:20 PM

3 Check out Bergdahl's daddy. He's damn near a moslem sympathizer.

Posted by: Erowmero at May 31, 2014 07:19 PM

4 Stupid move. Stupid. American servicemen had better stay awake not that they're worth more as kidnap victims than ever. Berghahl's capture still has a lot of explaining and investigation.

Posted by: Greyrooster at June 01, 2014 06:31 AM

5 Yes, welcome home. Now explain your midnight stroll. This whole thing smells, From beginning to end.

Posted by: D-lo at June 01, 2014 08:32 AM

6 so that means Benghazi help is about 3 years away

Posted by: larry at June 01, 2014 11:11 AM

7 You think that we would surgically implant a GPS or something on those detainees....

Posted by: shadowofashade at June 01, 2014 01:08 PM

8 This is how Obama plans to close Gitmo. He's just keeping his pre-election promise. Sarc off.

Posted by: Greyrooster at June 02, 2014 05:28 AM

9 When Chuck Hagel announced Bergdahl's release to Air Force servicemen in Afghanistan it was met with silence. No applause. That should tell us something.

Posted by: Greyrooster at June 02, 2014 06:10 AM

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