Afghanistan

Eugene R. Fidell, the lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (AP Photo)

Bergdahl hires lawyer for military investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Wednesday that his client has been vilified by some people, but the public should not leap to conclusions before the Army finishes its investigation into […]

07/16/2014

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Army: Bergdahl shifted to outpatient care

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been shifted to outpatient care at a Texas military base, the U.S. Army said in […]

06/22/2014

FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, Afghan war victim Shah Bibi Tarakhail uses her new prosthetic arm to paint at Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills, Calif. Seven-year-old Tarakhail whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm is returning to the United States after her newfound celebrity made her a subject of death threats in her homeland. Tarakhail is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, June 18, 2014 on the last leg of a journey from Kabul. Tarakhail lost her right arm when she picked up a grenade following a firefight between U.S. and Taliban forces in her village. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Threats bring Afghan girl back to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little Afghan girl whose love of painting won the hearts of U.S. doctors who fitted her with a prosthetic arm returned to the United States on Thursday, after the group […]

06/20/2014

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Bob Costantini talks about the Taliban’s plan for Afghanistan

As the Obama administration mulls its response to the crisis in Iraq, the situation is raising concerns about plans for Afghanistan. Some fear that the Taliban could make big gains once U-S troops are gone […]

06/19/2014

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., center left, speaks with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., as senators emerge from a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Threat to Bergdahl led to US action, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration told senators it didn’t notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal […]

06/05/2014

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The announcement that the U.S. government had secured Bergdahl's release and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

Bergdahl swap may make closing Guantanamo harder

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison is facing re-energized opposition from Republicans and increased questioning from fellow Democrats amid widespread anger in Congress over the swap of five […]

06/04/2014

Flags and balloons marking the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl adorn the sidewalk outside a shop in the soldier's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  The exchange for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo and the still-murky circumstances of how Bergdahl came to be captured nearly five years ago have prompted a fierce debate in Washington and across the country. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

Bergdahl’s hometown cancels celebration of release

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) — The small Idaho hometown of released captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has canceled plans for a celebration later this month, citing security concerns after it was inundated with negative emails and angry […]

06/04/2014

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Expert analysis on captured soldier, Bergdahl (Audio)

As Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl continues to recover at a military hospital after being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, questions continue to swirl about U.S. efforts to free him, the release […]

06/04/2014

House Speaker John Boehner Ohio listens as GOP leaders speak to reporters following a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  (AP Photo)

Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, […]

06/03/2014

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Bergdahl’s unit comrades recount his disappearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former members of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday about Bergdahl’s disappearance, his freedom and how he should be treated now that he’s out. The interviews […]

06/03/2014

Diane Walker takes a picture of a sign celebrating U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release in front of Zaney's coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

Friends describe freed US soldier as multi-faceted

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl always seemed to be searching for something to define his life. Growing up in the mountain town of Hailey, Idaho, Bergdahl was as likely to be found inside, […]

06/03/2014

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to […]

06/02/2014

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