Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl
5:17 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Supporters Of POW Turn Billboards Into Call To Action

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:59 pm

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.”

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:02 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Idaho Town Awaits Deal With Taliban That Will Bring POW Home

A member of a POW support group shows off her Bowe button.
Credit 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.

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Idaho POW
6:49 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 10:17 am

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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Bowe Bergdahl
5:33 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Idaho Town Marks Soldier's 4th Year In Taliban Captivity

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 8:58 am

Yellow ribbons and black prisoner-of-war flags are lining the streets in Hailey, Idaho today. The town is preparing to honor captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

The 27-year-old Army sergeant has been a prisoner of the Taliban for almost four years. Family and friends are getting ready for what they hope will be the biggest and last local rally to bring Bergdahl home.

Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey's Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to participate in the Bergdahl event.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:13 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Taliban Statement Renews Hope For Idaho Soldier's Release

IntelCenter

Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 2:15 pm

News that the Taliban is open to a prisoner swap is bringing renewed hope to supporters of a captive soldier from the Northwest.

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been a Taliban prisoner for nearly four years now, and there's still no timeline for his return.

A senior Taliban spokesman in Doha, Qatar, told the Associated Press that the group would be willing to turn over Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives held at Guantanamo Bay. It would be the first step – a confidence building measure – in wider negotiations over the future of Afghanistan.

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Bergdahl's Birthday
6:16 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

In Birthday Message, POW's Parents Promise To Bring Him Home

US Department of Defense

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 5:57 pm

The parents of Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl are hoping a message they recorded for his 27th birthday will reach him in captivity. Bergdahl remains America's only POW from the war in Afghanistan.

Bob and Jani Bergdahl recorded a message on KECH, a radio station in Idaho's Wood River Valley.

“Happy birthday, Bowe Bergdahl!” they said together.

“You're 27 years old today, if you forgot," Bob continued. "And you've been in Afghanistan for over four years now.”

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Bowe Bergdahl
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Turns 27 In Enemy Hands

Courtesy of Bergdahl family.

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:38 pm

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Captive Idaho Soldier
3:52 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Militants Say Terrorist Listing Will Add To Idaho POW's 'Hardships'

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan, and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Dept. of Defense

Commanders of the militant Haqqani Network say the U.S. decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization could have repercussions for a captive Idaho soldier. That’s according to reports out Friday from Reuters and NBC.

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Talks To Free Idaho Soldier
5:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

NPR: Taliban Receptive To Talks To Free Idaho Soldier

This screen grab from a December 2010 video appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban captivity.
Northwest News Network

NPR is reporting the Taliban has shown a “change of heart” that could pave the way toward the release of Northwest soldier Bowe Bergdahl. The Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan three years ago. He’s the only known U.S. prisoner of war.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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