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Bowe Bergdahl

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a captive of the Taliban for nearly five years, was released in May 2014 to the U.S. military in Afghanistan in exchange for the handover of five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Several members of Congress have criticized the prisoner swap, saying it was politically motivated and counter to the U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists.

In March, Bergdahl was charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could face life in prison in desertion court-martial

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could face life in prison in desertion court-martial

    A top Army commander unexpectedly ordered Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held in harsh captivity for five years by the Taliban, to face a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering other troops for walking away from his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009. The charges are severe...

  • Accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl gives 'gripping' details of captivity on 'Serial' podcast

    Accused deserter Bowe Bergdahl gives 'gripping' details of captivity on 'Serial' podcast

    For the first time Thursday, the world heard Sgt. Robert "Bowe" Bergdahl describe his 2009 capture in Afghanistan and the nearly five years of captivity that followed. "I can't scream, I can't risk that, so it's like you're standing there screaming in your mind. In this room, in this blackened...

  • Obama administration misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap, GOP report says

    Obama administration misled Congress on Bowe Bergdahl swap, GOP report says

    House Republicans are claiming in a new report that the Obama administration misled Congress about the effort to release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the militant group for nearly five years. Republicans on the House Armed Services...

  • Bowe Bergdahl's captors: Who, where and why?

    Bowe Bergdahl's captors: Who, where and why?

    The armed Taliban fighters who captured Bowe Bergdahl in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, quickly handed him to a far more dangerous group that shuttled him between hide-outs in Pakistan's rugged tribal belt for the next five years. For much of that time, CIA drones trolled the skies...

  • Presiding officer calls for light punishment for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    Presiding officer calls for light punishment for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court-martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday. Defense attorney Eugene Fidell said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has decided Bergdahl's case should go to a...

  • Defense in Bowe Bergdahl Army desertion hearing suggests he was mentally ill

    Defense in Bowe Bergdahl Army desertion hearing suggests he was mentally ill

    New details about the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl emerged Thursday at a hearing to decide whether he will face a court-martial on desertion charges, with prosecutors arguing that Bergdahl plotted to abandon his post in Afghanistan, putting fellow soldiers at risk, while the defense...

  • Jail would be 'inappropriate' for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, general says during desertion hearing

    Jail would be 'inappropriate' for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, general says during desertion hearing

    During the final day of testimony at a military hearing to decide whether Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a court-martial on desertion charges, a general ordered to investigate his capture discussed his findings for the first time and testified for the defense about why Bergdahl does not belong in...

  • U.S. may revamp overseas hostage-rescue program

    U.S. may revamp overseas hostage-rescue program

    The White House is considering revamping its overseas hostage-rescue program after CIA drone strikes that mistakenly killed an American and an Italian held captive by terrorists in Pakistan, the latest incident to reveal gaps in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts. A key proposal would create an interagency...

  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl briefly detained in Northern California pot raid

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl briefly detained in Northern California pot raid

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was briefly detained this week during a pot raid on a rural property in Mendocino County, a sheriff’s official said. Bergdahl, who earned national attention after he walked away from his base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by insurgents, was among a group...

  • Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 'a case nobody wants to see go to trial'

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 'a case nobody wants to see go to trial'

    Every year since America's current overseas wars began 14 years ago, hundreds of Army soldiers have abandoned their units — almost 6,000 since 2001. More than 5,000 have been convicted of desertion or being absent without leave, and most were thrown out of the Army. Yet few of those soldiers end...

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