Taliban Suspends POW Talks for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Taliban leaders this week informed the White House that they are suspending peace talks for the safe release of POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl has been in Taliban custody for five years now. Such peace talks have been ongoing since the Sgt. first went missing, but were renewed in December when the Taliban released video showing that the young Army-man was still alive. Now, hope appears nonexistent.
Exactly what led to Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture in June, 2009 has remained a matter of some intense debate. In some of the Taliban’s early videos, Bergdahl said that he was “lagging behind his patrol when [he] was captured.” It’s possible that Bergdahl was planning to abandon his post or desert, eventually leading his capture, as many of his close friends and associates have indicated that Bergdahl had first joined the Army to build schools and help the Afghans, but felt lied to and disgruntled.
In spite of this information, the White House has continued to express that Bergdahl is considered a POW, not a deserter and not suspected of treason. Rather, his “bring me home!” plea was being treated with the utmost importance.
“We cannot discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence, and diplomatic tools — we work to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Bergdahl does remain the last living POW as of December, when he was known to still be alive.
Now, it appears that these talks have broken down, once again. With the recent video showing POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in increasingly declining health, hope for his eventual release is diminishing once again.