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An American soldier, who captured, on 06/30/2009, by Taliban near his base in Eastern Afghanistan, has appeared on a video posted on a website by the Taliban, on Saturday 07/18/2009, the Associated Press news agency has reported.

The soldier was shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved. Two US defence officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the man in the video is the captured soldier.

The soldier, whose identity has not yet been released by the Pentagon pending notification of members of Congress and the soldier’s family, was shown as saying in the video that he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol.

The US military said on 07/02/2009 that an American soldier had disappeared after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts and was believed to have been taken prisoner (see – Kahanjar-Operation).

Afghan Police General Nabi Mullakheil said the soldier went missing in eastern Paktika province near the border with Pakistan from an American base. The region is known to be Taliban-infested.

The Pentagon has identified him as Private Bowe  Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho, and confirmed that his status is now classified as ‘missing-captured’, rather than ‘whereabouts unknown’.

* NATO-ISAF in Afghanistan has confirmed, on Friday 12/25/2009, the Taliban has released a new video that shows US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl (see Bergdahl Footage ).

* According to one of his captors, on Sunday 08/22/2010, in an interview to Sunday Times Bowe  Bergdahl converted to Islam and is training fighters (Taliban) in bomb making and ambush (see -Trainer Bergdahl).

* According to The Daily Beast website and the Anchorage Daily News, on Wednesday 12/07/2011, Bowe  Bergdahl managed, in late summer 2011, briefly to escape from his capturers and avoided capture for three days and two nights. Searchers finally found him, weak, exhausted and nearly naked in a shallow trench he had dug and covered with leaves.

According to a Taliban source, Bergdahl said he had hoped to find villagers to shelter him and help him contact U.S. officials, The Daily Beast said.

The website said the Taliban had grown to trust Bowe  Bergdahl before his escape and let him use a rifle to hunt birds and rabbits. He was allowed to sleep without restraints.

Although he was captured while serving in Afghanistan, The Daily Beast report said Bowe  Bergdahl is being held in Pakistan.

** A new book, printed in Mexico and published in USA in late 08/2012, called “No Easy Day” by former Navy Seal Mark Bissonnette, a team 6 member that carried out the Abbottabad Raid , in 05/2011, in which Osama Bin Laden was, eventually, killed, describes the killing of Al Qaeda legendary leader.  releasing classified information.

In a 9-page section in chapter seven the book details several failed rescue attempts for Prisoner Of War Bowe  Bergdahl. Mark Bissonnette, who uses the pen name Mark Owen, calls the rescue efforts a “race to get (Bergdahl) back before they smuggled him into Pakistan.”

“One evening just after the first video appeared, we got word they might have possible location for him,” the book reads. “’Intelligence says he was likely in this area south of Kabul today,’ our troop commander said, pointing at a map of central Afghanistan. ‘We don’t have much intel to go off of, but this is a priority”. “We never found Bergdahl on that deployment… but in my gut, I think he was there at some point. We probably missed him by a few hours, or maybe in the fight they were able to escape” he wrote.


Bowe  Bergdahl  has been freed and is in US custody on 05/31/2014, US said in a statement issued by the White House.  Bergdahl‘s release was part of a negotiation that included the release of five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Barack Obama said  “I was honoured to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal.”

The negotiation between the US and the Taliban was mediated by the government of Qatar, to which the Guantanamo detainees will be transferred.

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