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Officials Want To Renew Talks With Taliban To Free Bowe Bergdahl
Washington DC ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - An article in the Washington Post says that in an effort to free American captive Bowe Bergdahl before the bulk of U.S. Forces leave Afghanistan this yer, the Obama administration has decided to try and resume talks with the Taliban and sweeten an offer to trade Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for the Army sergeant.
Five members of the Afghan Taliban who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009 and is thought to be held in Pakistan by the Haqqani network, an allied insurgent group.
A statement from the family of Sgt. Bergdahl was released through the Idaho National Guard. It says, “Today’s news indicates there are renewed efforts to use diplomacy to recover our family’s son, grandson and brother, Bowe Bergdahl.
We welcome this development and we applaud the unity of purpose and resolve at the White House and the other U.S. Government agencies involved. We thank all involved for this renewed effort and we hope everyone takes this opportunity seriously. We are cautiously optimistic these discussions will lead to the safe return of our son after more than four and a half years in captivity.”
Bowe is a Hailey Idaho native.