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Armed forces in Afghanistan mark birthday of U.S. army soldier captured by Taliban

Bowe Bergdahl
Bowe Bergdahl

KABUL – It has been more than four years since an American soldier was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, was captured more than four years ago in Afghanistan. Today, March 28, 2014, marks Sgt. Bergdahl’s 28th birthday.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remembers Sgt. Bergdahl, who has been in the captivity of the Taliban since June 2009.

“He has been gone far too long, and there should be no doubt that we work every day — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely,” the ISAF said in a statement. “His return remains the priority for ISAF.”

Just last month, the U.S. attempted to trade Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, with no success. Five members of the Afghan Taliban who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, the Washington Post reported.

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What a terrible situation. And undoubtedly this soldier will have come to sympathize with and understand his captors much better…which may be what the Taliban is trying to achieve. I wouldn’t doubt that he maybe is being treated quite well, in hopes to turn his mind, which will then have a longer lasting effect than just killing him or torturing him. I don’t know, but it could be a strategy they are employing.

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