Bowe Bergdahl

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl described how he became imprisoned by the Taliban in his first publicly released interview Thursday. The soldier from Idaho is the subject of a new season of the public radio podcast “Serial.”

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The hearing officer overseeing the Army’s desertion case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has submitted his recommendation.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is facing charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a hearing Thursday to determine whether he’ll be court-martialed on a desertion charge.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

Bergdahl's Home Town Quiet On Desertion Charges

Mar 25, 2015

The home town of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is quiet Wednesday now that the former P.O.W. is charged with desertion.

The Army has charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho with desertion, intent to shirk duty and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering soldiers' safety. Bergdahl could face a life sentence.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

GAO Finds Bergdahl Prisoner Swap Broke Federal Law

Aug 21, 2014
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An independent government investigation out Thursday finds that the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped five members of the Taliban for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho. The Government Accountability Office said officials should have given Congress a 30-day notice.

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

Jul 17, 2014
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The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.

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The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing.  Northwest Public Radio has learned that Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty an Army base in Texas.  The investigation into the circumstances of his capture complicates his release from the military.

The Army says Sgt. Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, has completed the final phase of his medical recovery. He’s being moved to what's expected to be largely administrative work at Fort Sam Houston.

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A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, canceled Saturday’s event after the city received threats. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson has attended previous annual events for Bergdahl during his captivity and has more from Hailey.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW … except, that is, among Idaho's Congressional delegation. The two senators and two congressmen from Bergdahl's home state have largely avoided the national fray. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports on what the four Republicans are saying about the controversial return of Idaho’s native son.

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A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, is asking critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give Bergdahl's hometown some space. That includes members of the media. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.

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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is calling on fellow politicians to avoid “escalating the rhetoric” around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Labrador is a Republican. He made the comments at a panel discussion hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday in Washington D.C.

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The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl issued a statement through social media Monday. Bob and Jani thanked the people who have supported them for nearly five years as they waited for their son to be freed from Taliban captivity. Bergdahl's broad network of online supporters continue to back the POW amidst a raging debate about whether Bergdahl deserted.

Citing Safety Concerns, Hailey, Idaho Cancels Bergdahl Celebration

Jun 5, 2014

An annual rally turned homecoming celebration for released POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been canceled in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho. Boise State Public Radio’s Emilie Ritter Saunders explains the event is off because of safety concerns.

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Almost immediately after the jubilant response to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release from the Taliban on Saturday, the story took a very different turn. First, there was criticism of the Obama administration exchanging five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl. Then, some soldiers from his former unit started speaking out against the freed POW. Josh Korder told CNN earlier this week that he believes men lost their lives searching for him.

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People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown in Idaho say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy. Bergdahl was released Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Since then, some fellow soldiers have accused him of being a deserter. The city of Hailey, Idaho, is asking people to withhold judgment.

Bergdahl’s Family Says Mission Of Recovery Now Begins

Jun 2, 2014
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The family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he has a long recovery ahead of him, now that he’s been freed from the Taliban. The parents of the soldier from Hailey, Idaho, spoke to the press Sunday in Boise. Bergdahl spent nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban and their allies.

Sgt. Bergdahl's Hometown Rejoices At His Long-Awaited Release

Jun 2, 2014

The town of Hailey, Idaho, has waited five years to hear news of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return. In 2009, Bergdahl was captured and held by the Taliban — first in Afghanistan and later, it's believed, in Pakistan.

On Saturday, he was released in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Now Hailey, Bergdahl's hometown, is preparing for the next chapter.

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There’s mixed news today on the fate of prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Associated Press is reporting efforts to bring home the northwest soldier are in disarray. The military says that just isn’t true.

Celebrities Don Bracelets In Support Of Northwest POW

Feb 18, 2014

U.S. diplomats are reportedly renewing their efforts to arrange a prisoner swap for a Northwest soldier who's been in Taliban captivity nearly five years.

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Feb 18, 2014

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

The U.S. military has obtained a new video showing captured Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl alive. The Idaho native has been a prisoner of the Taliban for the last four-and-a-half years.

Card Campaign Asks You To Put P.O.W. On Your Mailing List

Dec 18, 2013
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Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009. As Jessica Robinson reports, organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him.

Idaho Soldier's Captor Reportedly Killed In Drone Strike

Sep 6, 2013

According to news reports out of Pakistan, a U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive.

Supporters Of POW Turn Billboards Into Call To Action

Jul 26, 2013

Supporters of a U.S. soldier being held by the Taliban are trying to keep his name front and center with the public.

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been a prisoner of war for the last four years.

Keith Lasseigne motions to the roof of a building in downtown Spokane. “We have a Bring Bowe Home billboard above us.”

Where you might normally see an ad for fast food or beer, the billboard instead says, “No one left behind,” and “Call your Congressman.”

Photo by Jessica Robinson

Four years. That's how long Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban. The soldier from Hailey, Idaho remains the lone American POW from the Afghan conflict. Now, Bergdahl's parents are calling on the U.S. to reach an agreement that will bring their son home. But as correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, any deal hangs precariously on peace talks involving the Taliban, and the weekend saw yet another setback.

The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.

On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.

Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. At 20, they say, he took apart and rebuilt his 1978 KZ-1000 motorcycle.

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