The House Armed Services Committee will investigate the Obama administration’s swap of an American prisoner held for five years for five Taliban leaders that caused a political firestorm over the lack of congressional notification and fears the high-level Taliban could return to the Afghanistan battlefield.
Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.
A top Republican lawmaker says it will be “difficult to validate” Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s claims that he was tortured by the Taliban during his five years in captivity.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at a U.S. military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.
The former pastor of the parents of a soldier released from Taliban captivity after almost five years said Friday they have been hurt by allegations that he was a traitor and by the outpouring of anger toward their family.
Bowe Bergdahl stands, hands at his sides, his loose-fitting Pashtun smock and pants bright white against the rocky landscape. The hillsides are dotted with armed Afghans, rifles ready.
The Taliban said Friday that U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was treated well during the five years they held him captive and was even allowed to play soccer with the men holding him.
Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown is accustomed to celebrity and the attention it brings.
Graham: ‘I Don’t Buy For A Moment’ That Informing Congress Of Exchange Would Have Jeopardized Bergdahl’s Life
Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.
Clinton writes that the Obama administration demanded the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in every discussion it ever held with the Taliban about prisoners.