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While most 27-year old American males are partying with friends, Bowe Bergdahl is being held by Islamic terrorists.
The family of an American prisoner-of-war, captured four years ago in Afghanistan, has been given new hope after receiving a letter they believe was written by him. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, disappeared from his base in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and is believed to be in Pakistan, held by the terrorist group, the Haqqani network. The parents are confident the letter , delivered to them through the International Committee of the Red Cross, was written by their 27-year-old son. They thanked the Red Cross for its help and support – and renewed their plea for his captors to release him..
Bob Bergdahl and his wife, Jani Bergdahl, said in interviews that they are concerned the U.S. government hasn’t done enough to secure the release of their son, 26-year old Bowe. “There is a dynamic here that has to change,” Bob Bergdahl said in an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express. “Everybody is frustrated with how slowly the process has evolved.” in Pakistan.
Bowe is the subject of a proposed prisoner swap in which the Obama administration would allow the transfer of five Taliban prisoners long held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama administration had worked out a framework deal to send those prisoners to Qatar, where they would be under some form of loose house arrest or supervision, while Bergdahl would be returned to the U.S. military.
The proposed deal has been in limbo for months and faces serious opposition in Congress if it ever gets off the ground. The Taliban walked away from talks in March, saying the U.S. had reneged on several promises. The Obama administration is trying several gambits to restart talks, including proposing looser terms for the detention or monitoring of at least one of the Guantanamo prisoners upon their release, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are sensitive and elements of the U.S. engagement with the Taliban are classified. The Associated Press has periodically reported on Bergdahl’s case since his capture. But the news agency had agreed since last year not to report on the proposed prisoner swap and ongoing negotiations at the request of the Pentagon and White House, on the grounds that public discussion would endanger Bergdahl’s life.
Bergdahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. During his unit’s normal deployment rotation to Afghanistan, he went missing on June 30, 2009, near the town of Yahya Khel in the Paktika Province, which is in the south-east of Afghanistan, right on the border to Pakistan.He is believed to be held by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group affiliated with the Taliban, probably somewhere in Pakistan, fighting against NATO forces and the government of Afghanistan.