Sgt Bowe Bergdahl Released By Afghan Militants After 5 Years, Sparks Debate On Hostage Trading

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl had been held captive by members of the Taliban for five years before he was released Saturday, May 31.

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl Released

The Afghani militant group captured Bergdahl when he disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan June 30, 2009. Since then, the solider was held captive predominantly in Pakistan, according to the U.S. government. The Taliban had forced Bergdahl to appear in a number of their videos during his time in captivity.

Recently, Bergdahl’s health began to suffer greatly, causing U.S. intelligence to work out the details of a deal that would ensure Bergdahl’s rescue in order to save his life, reported USA Today. President Barack Obama and his administration’s national security team – including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – agreed with the plan to release five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl.

The exchange, which featured U.S. Special Forces troops and armed Taliban members,
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