Thursday, June 20, 2013

AP: Taliban Wants to Swap Bergdahl For Guantanamo Prisoners

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Doha, Qatar where he is expected to talk with Taliban emmissaries regarding the fate of Hailey-native Army Segeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is approaching the fourth anniversary of his capture by the Taliban.

The Associated Press reports that a Taliban representative would not elaborate on Bergdahl's current whereabouts, but indicated that the Taliban may be interested in handing over Bergdahl in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban operatives being held at Guantanamo Bay.

"He is, as far as I know, in good condition," Taliban spokesman Shaheen Suhail told the AP, referring to 27-year-old Bergdahl, who went missing June 30, 2009. "Yes. It would be an exchange. Then step by step, we want to build bridges of confidence to go forward."

Bergdahl's parents said earlier this month that they had received a letter from their son through the International Committee of the Red Cross. A family spokesman said the letter was scripted and redacted but that Bergdahl "was no-doubt alive and his faculties fully functioning as of two months ago."

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