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 Bowe Robert Bergdahl


(born March 28, 1986 in Sun Valley, Idaho) is a United States Army soldier, who is currently in the captivity


of the Taliban supporting Haqqani network, since June 2009.

 

Bergdahl is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th 


Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He went missing on June 30, 2009. Since then, the 


Taliban has released five videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban have demanded $1 million and the 


release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl's release. They have threatened 


to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui is not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held at 


Guantanamo Bay.


At the time of his capture, Bergdahl's rank was that of Private First Class (E-3). In June 2010, he was 


promoted to Specialist (E-4) during his absence


On July 18, 2009, the Taliban released a video showing they had captured Bergdahl. In the video, 


Bergdahl appeared downcast and frightened. A Department of Defense statement issued on July 19 


confirmed that Bergdahl was declared "missing/whereabouts unknown" on July 1, and his status was 


changed to "missing/captured" on July 3.


In the 28-minute video his captors hold up his dog tags to establish the captured man is Bergdahl. 


Bergdahl gives the date as July 14 and mentions an attack which occurred that day.


Accounts of his capture differ. The version offered by Bergdahl, in the video, is that he was captured when 


he fell behind on a patrol. CNN, in its report, cites both Taliban and U.S. military sources, the former  


alleging he was ambushed after becoming drunk off base, and the latter denying that claim stating: "The 


Taliban are known for lying and what they are claiming (is) not true."


A Department of Defense spokesperson, Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker, said, "I'm glad to 


see he appears unharmed, but again, this is a Taliban propaganda video. They are exploiting the soldier in 


violation of international law."


According to the Associated Press, General Nabi Mullakheil of the Afghan National Police said the capture 


occurred in Paktika Province. Their other sources inform them that he was captured by a Taliban group 


led by Maulvi Sangin, who has moved him to Ghazni Province. The Guardian quoted sources who speculated 


about the increased difficulty of a rescue mission if Bergdahl had been smuggled across the nearby border  


into Pakistan.


The Associated Press also quoted Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, as saying: "the militants holding 


the soldier haven't yet set any conditions for his release."


CNN described two Pashto-language leaflets the U.S. military was distributing in seeking Bergdahl. One 


showed a smiling GI shaking hands with Afghan children, with a caption that called him a guest in 


Afghanistan. The other showed a door being broken down, and threatened that those holding Bergdahl 


would be hunted down.


In December 2009, five months after Bergdahl's disappearance, the media arm of the Afghan Taliban 


announced the release of a new video of "a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan," titled "One of Their 


People Testified." In the announcement the Taliban did not name the American, but the only U.S. soldier 


known to be in captivity is Bergdahl.


U.S. military officials have been searching for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is even 


being held in Afghanistan or in neighboring Pakistan, an area off-limits to U.S. forces based in Afghanistan.



On December 25, another video was released that features Bergdahl in a combat uniform and helmet.


He describes his place of birth, deployment to Afghanistan and subsequent capture. He then makes 


several statements regarding his humane treatment by his captors, contrasting this to the abuses suffered  


by insurgents in prisons. He finishes by saying that America should not be in Afghanistan and that it is just 


another Vietnam.


On April 7, 2010, the Taliban released a third video of Bergdahl, now with a full head of hair and a beard, 


pleading for the release of Afghan prisoners held at Guantanamo and Bagram.


In November 2010, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fourth video.


In May 2011, Bergdahl appeared briefly in a fifth video.


Threat of reprisal


On February 4, 2010, the Afghan Taliban demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist who 


was convicted by a U.S. court on charges of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and 


threatened to execute Bergdahl if their demand was not met. The Taliban claimed that members of 


Siddiqui's family had requested their assistance.


Reports of joining the Taliban


Fox News reported that the Taliban and Afghanistan Intelligence indicated that Bergdahl was helping to 


train the Taliban in bomb making and infantry tactics. The Pentagon dismissed the reports as Taliban 


propaganda.

 

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