Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®: Bowe Bergdahl – An Inside Look at the Soldier Held Captive since June 2009.
Bowe Bergdahl was a member of the 1st Battalion of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment deployed in Afghanistan when he went missing in June 2009 near the town of Yahya Khel. It is believed that he was captured when he fell behind while on a patrol and is being held by the Haqqani network, an insurgent group affiliated with the Taliban.
Five videos have been released by the Taliban all showing Bergdahl, at least briefly, sometimes looking downcast or frightened, but seemingly unharmed. Promoted twice now, in absentia, Sgt. Robert Bowe Bergdahl is the only remaining American prisoner of war of the Afghan conflict.
In exchange for Bergdahl’s release, the Taliban have demanded $1 million and the release of twenty-one Afghan prisoners, most of who are being held at Guantanamo Bay. The Taliban has also threatened to execute Bergdahl if Aafia Siddiqui is not released. Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani scientist convicted by a U.S. court on charges of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
Bowe Bergdahl’s fate hinges on the ability of the U.S. to negotiate a peace deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The risky and difficult diplomatic initiative seemed to be on the verge of a breakthrough until March 2012, when the Taliban suddenly suspended talks, ending hopes of a deal that U.S. negotiators had been working on for months. U.S. negotiators had been trying to secure the transfer of five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay military prison to the Gulf state of Qatar.
The transfer was at the center of a U.S. strategy for ending the conflict in Afghanistan. It was intended to build confidence to help open up political talks between the Taliban and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government. The transfer was also supposed to secure Bergdahl’s release. Progress stopped on the Guantanamo transfer proposal when the Taliban refused to accept U.S. conditions ensuring that transferred Taliban would not re-emerge as military leaders. The United States now holds little hope that any sort of peace deal can be secured before the majority of NATO forces withdraw in 2014.
Hope for the Family
Despite a decision by the U.S. to declare his alleged captors a terrorist group, Sirajuddin Haqqani says that his organization will not harm Bergdahl. From his home in Idaho, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl says, “that’s great news, but we’re very careful about the information we digest.” He and his wife, Jani, continue to wait for the return of their only son.
The Rolling Thunder® Inc “Ride for Freedom” 2013 – Riding for Bowe
This year The Rolling Thunder® Inc “Ride for Freedom” will be held on May 26, 2013 in Washington D.C. Rolling Thunder® Inc and thousands of supporters will be riding for Bowe and for every POW/MIA and the rights of all Veterans from the past, the present and the future.