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U.S. Prisoner Of War, Bowe Bergdahl, Released By Taliban After 5 Years

Sat, May 31, 2014 5:46pm EDT by 12 Comments
Prisoner Of War Bowe Bergdahl Freed
Courtesy of The United States Army

Thank goodness! American soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from the Taliban after 5 years in captivity. Let’s welcome Bowe home!

After being captured in 2009 by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally been released and able to return home after five years in captivity. Bowe’s release was part of a negotiation that included the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Bowe Bergdahl: American Prisoner Of War Freed From Taliban Captivity

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners who will be released in Qatar, USA Today reported on May 31. Bowe had been living under Taliban captivity for five years.

Bowe, of Idaho, was serving in a parachute infantry regiment before he was captured by the Taliban on June 30, 2009. Upon being released, Bowe was in the care of U.S. officials, USA Today said..

President Obama spoke out about Bowe’s release in a statement: “On behalf of the American people I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return.”

Moves for Bowe’s release began in November 2010, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that his release turn into a reality. An official said that Bowe’s release and the Guantanamo Bay detainee exchange was part of a reconciliation effort in Afghanistan, according to USA Today.

Secretary of State John Kerry also shared his joy over Bowe’s release, the Daily Mail reports: “We are heartened that Sergeant Bergdahl will soon be reunited with his family and friends, from whom he has been apart for far too long.”

While he was held captive, his family, friends and other supporters formed an annual event called “Bring Bowe Back.” Since his release, the title of the event was changed to “Bowe Is Back” and is scheduled for June 28, USA Today said. What a day that will be.

We are overjoyed at the news of Bowe’s release. We wish him the best as he returns home to his family and friends.

— Avery Thompson

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