Prisoner of War Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Finally Free
After years as a prisoner of war, an American soldier is finally free.
It’s a story 9&10 News has followed every step of the way, from the day Sergeant Bowe Berghdal went missing.
The soldier is recovering at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany where doctors say he is in “good physical condition.”
“Give yourself all of the time you need to decompress and recover. There is no hurry,” said Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl.
About two dozen US commandos met Bergdahl and his Taliban captors along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Saturday. Helicopter gunships, surveillance aircraft, and a large number of troops provided cover in case of a Taliban ambush.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, “In an operation like this, where there’s always uncertainty, where there’s always danger, you prepare for all eventualities.”
In exchange for Sergeant Bergdahl, the U.S. Released five Taliban detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo bay.
According to Juan Zarate, CBS News National Security Analyst, “These were deemed to be highly dangerous individuals, it’s part of the reason they were still in Guantanamo.”
The men are now in Qatar where they will be held for at least a year.
While everyone is happy Sergeant Bergdahl is safe, many lawmakers are questioning the price paid for his recovery.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R) of Michigan said, “we have a changing footprint in Afghanistan which will put our soldiers at risk for this notion that if I can get one, I get five Taliban released.”
Members of congress also say the law requires the President to give them 30 days notice before releasing prisoners from Guantanamo bay. The Obama administration says it had to move quickly because Sergeant Bergdahl’s health and safety were in jeopardy.